Beginning - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |bɪˈɡɪnɪŋ|  American pronunciation of the word beginning
Brit.  |bɪˈɡɪnɪŋ|  British pronunciation of the word beginning
- this word is used as a present participle form of the verb 'to be'to begin
- the event consisting of the start of something
the beginning of the war
- the time at which something is supposed to begin (syn: commencement, first, kickoff, offset, outset, start)
- the first part or section of something
'It was a dark and stormy night' is a hackneyed beginning for a story
- the place where something begins, where it springs into being (syn: origin, root, source)
the Italian beginning of the Renaissance
- the act of starting something (syn: commencement, start)
he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations
- serving to begin (syn: first)
the beginning canto of the poem


Go back to the beginning of the song.

We were late, so we missed the beginning of the movie.

The changes that have been made so far are just the beginning. There are many more changes still to come.

...the beginning part of the book is a portrait of Europe on the eve of the World War I...

...a course in beginning geology for nonscience majors...

He explains himself in the beginning of this chapter.

She's been here since the beginning of the year.

There's a short poem at the beginning of every chapter.

From the beginning of my career as a journalist, I've been writing about gender issues.

I thought he loved me; perhaps he did in the beginning.

That chance meeting marked the beginning of a long and happy relationship.

This is just the beginning of a new and different life for you.

I said he would cause trouble, right from the beginning.

I opposed it from the very beginning.

The whole trip was a disaster from beginning to end.

Word forms

singular: beginning
plural: beginnings
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