beginning

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beginning

US /bɪˈɡɪn.ɪŋ/ 
UK /bɪˈɡɪn.ɪŋ/ 

the start or first part of an event, story, period of time etc

Persian equivalent: 

آغاز، شروع‌، ابتدا

Example: 

This is just the beginning.

اين‌ تازه‌ اول‌ كار است‌.‏

Oxford Essential Dictionary

beginning

 noun
the time or place where something starts; the first part of something:
I didn't see the beginning of the film.
 opposite end

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

beginning

beginning S1 W2 /bɪˈɡɪnɪŋ/ BrE AmE noun [countable usually singular]
[Word Family: noun: ↑beginner, ↑beginning; verb: ↑begin]
1. the start or first part of an event, story, period of time etc
beginning of
She’s been here since the beginning of the year.
There’s a short poem at the beginning of every chapter.
From the beginning of my career as a journalist, I’ve been writing about gender issues.
I thought he loved me; perhaps he did in the beginning.
That chance meeting marked the beginning of a long and happy relationship.
This is just the beginning of a new and different life for you.
I said he would cause trouble, right from the beginning.
I opposed it from the very beginning.
The whole trip was a disaster from beginning to end.
I feel like I’ve been offered a new beginning.
Could we start at the beginning? Tell me where you first met him.
2. beginnings [plural] the early signs or stages of something that later develops into something bigger or more important
beginnings of
I think I have the beginnings of a cold.
from humble/small beginnings
He rose from humble beginnings to great wealth.
3. the beginning of the end the time when something good starts to end
• • •
COLLOCATIONS
■ adjectives
a new beginning The country needed a new government and a new beginning.
■ verbs
mark the beginning of something (also signal/herald the beginning of something) (=show that something is starting to happen) This event marked the beginning of a ten-year worldwide depression.
see the beginning of something (=be the time when something important starts to happen) The 1970s saw the beginning of a technological revolution.
■ phrases
right at/from the beginning (=used for emphasis) That’s what I suggested right at the beginning.
at/from the very beginning (=used for emphasis) He had been lying to me from the very beginning.
start at the beginning (=start a story or activity at the first part) Just start at the beginning and tell us exactly what happened.
from beginning to end The whole project was full of problems from beginning to end.
something is just/only the beginning (=used to emphasize that many more things will happen) Signing the contract is just the beginning of a long process.
• • •
THESAURUS
beginning the first part of something such as a story, event, or period of time: The beginning of the movie is very violent. | Let’s go back to the beginning.
start the beginning of something, or the way something begins: Tomorrow marks the start of the presidential election campaign. | It was not a good start to the day. | The runners lined up for the start of the race.
commencement formal the beginning of something – used especially in official contexts: the commencement of the academic year | the commencement of the contract
origin the point from which something starts to exist: He wrote a book about the origins of the universe. | The tradition has its origins in medieval times.
the onset of something the time when something bad begins, such as illness, old age, or cold weather: the onset of winter | An active lifestyle can delay the onset of many diseases common to aging.
dawn literary the beginning of an important period of time in history: People have worshipped gods since the dawn of civilization.
birth the beginning of something important that will change many people’s lives: the birth of democracy in South Africa | the birth of the environmental movement

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

beginning

 

 

be·gin·ning [beginning beginnings]   [bɪˈɡɪnɪŋ]    [bɪˈɡɪnɪŋ]  noun
1. countable, usually singular ~ (of sth) the time when sth 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 = at first and suggests a contrast with a later situation.

2. beginnings plural the first or early ideas, signs or stages of sth
Did democracy have its beginnings in ancient Greece?
He built up his multimillion-pound music business from small beginnings.
Idiom: beginning of the end  
Thesaurus:
beginning noun
1. usually sing.
the beginning of July/the movie
startopeningbirth|formal outsetonset|literary dawn|(in football) kick-off
Opp: end, Opp: ending
at the beginning/start/opening/outset/onset/birth/dawn (of sth)
in the beginning
from the (very) beginning/start/outset
Beginning or start? Compare:
We missed the beginning of the movie (= the first few scenes).
We'll miss the start of the game (= the moment when it starts; the kick-off).
from start to finish
from beginning to end
 ¤ from start to end
 ¤ from beginning to finish
:
the beginning/start of the day/week/year/century/a new era
at the beginning of July/summer /the 90s
 ¤ at the start of July/summer/the 90s:
I want to make an early start
 ¤ I want to make an early beginning.
2. beginnings pl.
From these small beginnings it grew into the vast company we know today.
origin/originssourcerootstarting point
Opp: end, Opp: ending
have its beginnings/origin/source/roots in sth
from these/this beginnings/source/starting point 
Example Bank:
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 era

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition
 

beginning / bɪˈɡɪn.ɪŋ / noun

A2 [ C usually singular , U ] the first part of something or the start of something:

Notes on how to use this dictionary can be found at the beginning of the book.

She sat down and read the book straight through from beginning to end .

I enjoyed my job at/in the beginning (= when I started it) , but I'm bored with it now.

[ C often plural ] the origin of something, or the place, time, or way in which something started:

The city had its beginnings in Roman times.

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Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary

beginning

[bɪgɪ̱nɪŋ]
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 beginnings

 1) N-COUNT: usu sing The beginning of an event or process is the first part of it.
  This was also the beginning of her recording career...
  Think of this as a new beginning.
  Syn:
  start
  Ant:
  end
 2) N-PLURAL: usu the N, oft N of n The beginnings of something are the signs or events which form the first part of it.
  I had the beginnings of a headache...
  The discussions were the beginnings of a dialogue with Moscow.
 3) N-SING: the N The beginning of a period of time is the time at which it starts.
  The wedding will be at the beginning of March.
  Ant:
  end
 4) N-COUNT: usu sing, oft N of n The beginning of a piece of written material is the first words or sentences of it.
  ...the question which was raised at the beginning of this chapter.
  Ant:
  end
 5) N-PLURAL: usu with supp If you talk about the beginnings of a person, company, or group, you are referring to their backgrounds or origins.
  His views come from his own humble beginnings.
 6) ADJ: ADJ n You use beginning to describe someone who is in the early stages of learning to do something.
  The people that she had in her classroom were beginning learners.

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary: 

1be·gin·ning /bɪˈgɪnɪŋ/ noun, pl -nings
1 [count] : the point or time at which something begins : a starting point - usually singular
• He has been working there since the beginning of the year.
• A poem was recited at the beginning of the wedding ceremony.
• It was clear from the (very) beginning that she would eventually succeed.
• The company was very small in the beginning [=when it began], but it eventually became a giant corporation.
• The argument marked the beginning of the end of their marriage. [=the argument was the start of a series of events that led to the end of their marriage]
2 [count] : the first part of something
• Go back to the beginning of the song.
• We were late, so we missed the beginning of the movie.
• The changes that have been made so far are just/only the beginning. There are many more changes still to come.
3 beginnings [plural]
a : an early stage or period
• I have the beginnings of a sore throat. [=my throat is starting to feel sore]
b : the origins or background of a person or thing
• He came from humble beginnings.
• the company's modest beginnings in an old warehouse
• The organization had its beginnings [=began] in a small Midwestern town.

 

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