What is the opposite of finishing?

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Verb
Opposite of present participle for to come to an end or conclusion
“The footage will start in a few minutes!”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to put the final touches to
“Can you please not begin an argument that you cannot finish?”
Verb
(of food or drink) Opposite of present participle for to consume or get through the final amount or portion of
“Instead of eating dinner, he would nurse his drink until it killed his appetite.”
Verb
(of a resource) Opposite of present participle for to consume or get through the final amount or portion of
“With this recipe, you can double the batch and save some for later.”
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Opposite of present participle for to put a coating on, especially as a final touch
“I try to strip the layer of paint in a safe way, by sealing off the room with poly sheets, moistening the paint, and then scraping it off.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to end the life of, or defeat comprehensively
“The Vikings were in good spirits and were becoming well disposed to Bagnold, so they decided to spare him instead of killing him.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to exit from a given situation, place or event
“A wraith-catcher, who had fortuitously been staying in the village the night before, will take Sophie to begin her quest to recover sister.”
Noun
Opposite of a ceasing or discontinuance, for example of an action, whether temporary or final
Noun
Opposite of an act, event or occurrence representing an ending or shutdown
“Moiselle puts the success and survival of the business down to traditional values and an industry that is rooted in family, community, and people.”
Noun
Opposite of the point at which something is complete or finalized
Noun
Opposite of the improvement or clarification of something by the making of small changes
Noun
Opposite of the state of, or the act of working towards, the completion of a goal or objective
“The trust is projecting failure on four out of five key performance indicators set by the Government for financial performance.”
Adjective
Opposite of furthest to the rear
Adjective
Opposite of reaching a decisive moment or point of greatest tension
Adjective
Opposite of combining in such a way as to enhance or emphasize the qualities of each other or another
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