Definition of beginning noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    beginning

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    BrE BrE//bɪˈɡɪnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈɡɪnɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1  [countable, usually singular] beginning (of something) the time when something starts; the first part of an event, a story, etc. We're going to Japan at the beginning of July. She's been working there since the beginning of last summer. We missed the beginning of the movie. Let's start again from the beginning. The birth of their first child marked the beginning of a new era in their married life. I've read the whole book from beginning to end and still can't understand it. At the beginning (of) is used for the time and place when something begins. In the beginning means ‘at first’ and suggests a contrast with a later situationat the beginning of the week/year/story/movie/gameIn the beginning, we just tried to keep everything very simple. Later on, … See related entries: Elements of a story
  2. 2beginnings [plural] the first or early ideas, signs or stages of something Did democracy have its beginnings in ancient Greece? He built up his multimillion-pound music business from small beginnings.
  3. Extra examples From these small beginnings it grew into the vast company we know today. I disliked her from the very beginning. I’m paid at the beginning of each month. In the beginning I found the course very difficult. It was an auspicious beginning to his long career. She spoke of a new beginning for the nation. Tell me the whole story, right from the beginning. That day was the beginning of the end of our friendship. The play was nonsense from beginning to end. The society had its early beginnings in discussion groups. These changes are just the beginning: much more is to come. This invention marked the beginning of the modern age. a custom that traces its beginnings to the 15th century I’ve read the whole book from beginning to end. Let’s start again from the beginning. She’s been working there since the beginning of last summer. We’re going to Japan at the beginning of July. the beginning/​start of the day/​week/​year/​century/​a new eraIdioms
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    the first sign of something ending The scandal was the beginning of the end of his career as a politician.
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