What is the meaning of beginning?


  • The event consisting of the start of something.
    • usage: "the beginning of the war"
  • The time at which something is supposed to begin.
    • usage: "they got an early start"; "she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"
  • The first part or section of something.
    • usage: "`It was a dark and stormy night' is a hackneyed beginning for a story"
  • The place where something begins, where it springs into being.
    • usage: "the Italian beginning of the Renaissance"; "Jupiter was the origin of the radiation"; "Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River"; "communism's Russian root"
  • The act of starting something.
    • usage: "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"


  • Take the first step or steps in carrying out an action.
    • usage: "We began working at dawn"; "Who will start"; "Get working as soon as the sun rises"; "The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia"; "He began early in the day"; "Let's get down to work now"
  • Have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense.
    • usage: "The DMZ begins right over the hill"; "The second movement begins after the Allegro"; "Prices for these homes start at $250, 000"
  • Set in motion, cause to start.
    • usage: "The U. S. Started a war in the Middle East"; "The Iraqis began hostilities"; "begin a new chapter in your life"
  • Begin to speak or say."Now listen, friends" he began
  • Be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series.
    • usage: "The number `one' begins the sequence"; "A terrible murder begins the novel"; "The convocation ceremony officially begins the semester"
  • Have a beginning, of a temporal event.
    • usage: "WW II began in 1939 when Hitler marched into Poland"; "The company's Asia tour begins next month"
  • Have a beginning characterized in some specified way.
    • usage: "The novel begins with a murder"; "My property begins with the three maple trees"; "Her day begins with a workout"; "The semester begins with a convocation ceremony"
  • Begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object.
    • usage: "begin a cigar"; "She started the soup while it was still hot"; "We started physics in 10th grade"
  • Achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative.
    • usage: "This economic measure doesn't even begin to deal with the problem of inflation"; "You cannot even begin to understand the problem we had to deal with during the war"
  • Begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language.
    • usage: "She began Russian at an early age"; "We started French in fourth grade"


  • Serving to begin.
    • usage: "the beginning canto of the poem"; "the first verse"
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