Meaning of Beginning

Meaning of Beginning


The event consisting of the start of something

Example 1:“the beginning of the war”

The time when something begins

Example 2:“she knew from the beginning that he was the man for her”

The first part or section of something

Example 3:“‘It was a dark and stormy night’ is a hackneyed beginning for a story”

The place where something begins, where it springs into being

Example 4:“the Italian beginning of the Renaissance”

The act of starting something

Example 5:“he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations”


Of or relating to the initial or early part of something

Example 1:“the beginning canto of the poem”


Take the first step or steps in carrying out an action

Example 1:“We began working at dawn”; “The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia”; “He began early in the day”

Have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense

Example 2:“The DMZ begins right over the hill”; “The second movement begins after the Allegro”

Set in motion, cause to start

Example 3:“The Iraqis began hostilities”; “begin a new chapter in your life”

Start speaking or saying

Example 4:“‘Now listen, friends,’ he began”

Be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series

Example 5:“The number ‘one’ begins the sequence”; “A terrible murder begins the novel”; “The convocation ceremony officially begins the semester”

Have a beginning, of a temporal event

Example 6:“WW II began in 1939 when Hitler marched into Poland”; “The company’s Asia tour begins next month”

Have a beginning characterized in some specified way

Example 7:“My property begins with the three maple trees”; “Her day begins with a workout”; “The semester begins with a convocation ceremony”; “The novel begins with a murder”

Begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object

Example 8:“begin a cigar”

Achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative

Example 9:“This economic measure doesn’t even begin to deal with the problem of inflation”; “You cannot even begin to understand the problem we had to deal with during the war”

Begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language


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