be|gin|ning1 [ bı`gınıŋ ] noun ***
1. ) count usually singular the first part of something: START:
I loved the beginning of the book but hated the rest.
beginning of: There is no need to start at the beginning of each section.
a ) the start of a period of time:
beginning of: I'll be away for two weeks at the beginning of April.
b ) the start of an event or process:
beginning of: It was the beginning of a friendship that would last his whole life.
from the very beginning/right from the beginning (=from the exact point when something starts): He knew they'd be friends right from the beginning.
from beginning to end: If it's anything like last year's party, it'll be dull from beginning to end.
mark the beginning of something: This success marked the beginning of a new phase in his career.
new beginning: To me, this moment was both an ending and a new beginning.
in the beginning: In the beginning I found it hard to concentrate, but now it's much easier.
─ opposite END
2. ) beginnings plural someone's background, for example the social class that they originally came from, or their first job:
The company has come a long way since its humble beginnings 70 years ago.
a ) the background or origin of something, for example where it started, how it started, etc.:
It was a decade that saw the beginnings of the space program.
b ) the first signs that something is starting to happen or exist:
the beginnings of something: We may now have the beginnings of an agreement.
the beginning of the end
the time when something starts to end, or starts to get worse:
The argument was the beginning of the end as far as their relationship was concerned.
be|gin|ning 2 [ bı`gınıŋ ] adjective only before noun
just starting to learn a particular activity, skill, etc.:
a beginning teacher

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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