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The point in time or space at which something begins
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“For working teachers, like myself, Labor Day also brings the beginning of the school year.”
(commonly "beginnings") The origins of a person or object
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“The beginning of Kekulé's discovery of the structure of benzene was during a dream.”
(commonly "beginnings") One's background or early years
“He worked hard to make a success of himself from a humble beginning.”
The initial portion of a speech or literary work
“She thanked her parents at the beginning of her acceptance speech.”
The initial portion of some extended and physical thing
“That house is at the beginning of the street.”
A starting point or preliminary stage for planning or designing
A preliminary, subtle suggestion or indication
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.”
(somewhat rare) Involving, or limited to, basic principles
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“You may wish to enroll in a course in beginning programming to see if you have a knack for coding.”
Starting out or in the early stages of development
Still to be fully tested or verified
Present participle for to take the first step into something
“We can begin work on this project as soon as the contracts are signed.”
Present participle for to come into being or to have one's starting point at a certain time or place
“The crisis would begin when Constantine broke the golden rule and chose to alter the past.”
Present participle for to set up or establish
“He was inspired to begin his own foundation after witnessing the charitable efforts of his peers.”
Present participle for to start speaking by saying
“Let me begin by first stating that I have the utmost respect for the person I will be annihilating in this debate.”
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