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Noun
The point in time or space at which something begins
“For working teachers, like myself, Labor Day also brings the beginning of the school year.”
Noun
(more commonly used in plural form "beginnings") The origins of a person or object
“The beginning of Kekulé's discovery of the structure of benzene was during a dream.”
Noun
(more commonly used in plural form "beginnings") One's background or early years
“He worked hard to make a success of himself from a humble beginning.”
Noun
The initial portion of a speech or literary work
“She thanked her parents at the beginning of her acceptance speech.”
Noun
The initial portion of some extended and physical thing
“That house is at the beginning of the street.”
Adjective
Coming before the main part, usually to introduce or prepare for what follows
“The beginning sequence in the movie provides a quick narrative of the events just prior to the opening scene.”
Adjective
(somewhat rare) Of or relating to the simplest facts or theories of a subject
“You may wish to enroll in a course in beginning programming to see if you have a knack for coding.”
Verb
Present participle for to be responsible for the creation and early operation or use of
“The county says it's hired private contractors to begin the clean-up work after the first of the year.”
Verb
Present participle for come into being or have its starting point at a certain time or place
“Their marker is brought back to the starting point and they begin once again.”
Verb
Present participle for start speaking by saying
“He didn't know how to begin.”
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