beginning Definition

  • 1the point in time or space at which something starts
  • 2the first part or section of something

Using beginning: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "beginning" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The beginning of the movie was very exciting.

  • Example

    I want to start at the beginning of the book.

  • Example

    The beginning of the school year is always busy.

  • Example

    The beginning of the end came when he lost his job.

beginning Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for beginning

Idioms Using beginning

  • the start of a series of events that will lead to the end of something


    The company's financial troubles marked the beginning of the end for the business.

  • to start to understand or realize something


    After studying for hours, I'm finally beginning to see the light on this difficult topic.

  • get off to a good/bad beginning

    to start well or poorly


    The team got off to a bad beginning with two early losses in the season.

Phrases with beginning

  • at the start of a period of time or sequence of events


    In the beginning, she struggled with the new job, but eventually got the hang of it.

  • starting at the initial point or stage of something


    He knew from the beginning that he wanted to be a doctor.

  • a fresh start or opportunity to do something different


    After the divorce, she saw it as a chance for a new beginning and moved to a new city.

Origins of beginning

from Old English 'beginnan', meaning 'to begin'


Summary: beginning in Brief

The term 'beginning' [bɪˈɡɪnɪŋ] refers to the starting point of something, whether in time or space. It can also denote the first part or section of something, as in 'I want to start at the beginning of the book.' The phrase 'in the beginning' refers to the start of a period or sequence, while 'from the beginning' denotes starting at the initial point. Idioms like 'beginning of the end' and 'beginning to see the light' add depth to the term.

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