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The word beginning is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun beginning

What does beginning mean as a name of something?

Beginning is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: beginnings

  1. the event consisting of the start of something
  2. the time at which something is supposed to begin
  3. the first part or section of something
    • example: `It was a dark and stormy night' is a hackneyed beginning for a story
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • antonyms: middle; end
    • more generic words: division / part / section = one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole
  4. the place where something begins, where it springs into being
  5. the act of starting something

Alternative definition of the noun beginning


  1. [uncountable] The act of doing that which begins anything; commencement of an action, state, or space of time; entrance into being or upon a course; the first act, effort, or state of a succession of acts or states.
  2. That which is begun; a rudiment or element.
  3. That which begins or originates something; the first cause; origin; source.
  4. The initial portion of some extended thing.

Definition of the adjective beginning

What does beginning mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more beginning / most beginning

  1. serving to begin
    • example: the beginning canto of the poem
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • synonym of beginning: first
    • similar: opening

Alternative definition of the adjective beginning


  1. [informal] Of or relating to the first portion of some extended thing


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  2. "Beginning" is a composition.
    • also known as Beginning (Space Flight mix)
    • music by Jeroen Tel
  3. "Beginning" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  4. "Beginning" a.k.a. "2001: A Space Odyssey" is a composition.
  5. "Beginning" is a musical album of Tricia Evy.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  6. "Beginning" is a musical album of Begin.
    • released on (9 years ago)

Phrases with Beginning

Phrases starting with the word Beginning:

  1. beginning rhyme
  2. Beginning of Day

Phrases ending with the word Beginning:

  1. tone-beginning
  2. in the beginning

Other phrase containing the word Beginning:

  1. A Good Beginning Makes a Good Ending

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Beginning

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Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater (2011)

1930-2010 by James Fisher

Beginning in the 1910s, George Francis Abbott, born in Forestville, New York, became the quintessential all-around theatre man, beginning an acting career in 1913 in The Misleading Lady and working steadily for a decade before making the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Language and Education (2012)

Language Policy and Political Issues in Education by Ruth Wodak, P. Corson

describe the history of languages in North America, beginning with the arrival of the first Europeans in the 16th century; Heath and Mandabach (1983) describe the British legacy of tolerance toward the use of ...

Google previewNew Zealand Māori Word Encyclopedia (2007)

by Sally-Anne Lambert

the opening and shutting of whose mouth causes the ebb and flow of the tide Parata Beginning to ebb (tide) maunu/ketu Appearing above water (with ebb of tide) ea Ebbing (tide) Liwhati / tiremi / whati / heke / keketu Ebbing; as, te ngaehe ...

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Quotes about Beginning

The beginning of faith is the beginning of fruitfulness but the beginning of unbelief, however glittering, is empty. (Goethe)
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Scrabble value of B3E1G2I1N1N1I1N1G2

The value of this 9-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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