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English Dictionary: beginning by the DICT Development Group
3 results for beginning
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. serving to begin; "the beginning canto of the poem"; "the first verse"
    Synonym(s): beginning(a), first
  1. the event consisting of the start of something; "the beginning of the war"
    Antonym(s): conclusion, ending, finish
  2. the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got an early start"; "she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"
    Synonym(s): beginning, commencement, first, outset, get-go, start, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offset
    Antonym(s): end, ending, middle
  3. the first part or section of something; "`It was a dark and stormy night' is a hackneyed beginning for a story"
    Antonym(s): end, middle
  4. the place where something begins, where it springs into being; "the Italian beginning of the Renaissance"; "Jupiter was the origin of the radiation"; "Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River"; "communism's Russian root"
    Synonym(s): beginning, origin, root, rootage, source
  5. the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"
    Synonym(s): beginning, start, commencement
    Antonym(s): finish, finishing
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Begin \Be*gin"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Began}, {Begun}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Beginning}.] [AS. beginnan (akin to OS. biginnan, D.
      & G. beginnen, OHG. biginnan, Goth., du-ginnan, Sw. begynna,
      Dan. begynde); pref. be- + an assumed ginnan. [root]31. See
      {Gin} to begin.]
      1. To have or commence an independent or first existence; to
            take rise; to commence.
                     Vast chain of being! which from God began. --Pope.
      2. To do the first act or the first part of an action; to
            enter upon or commence something new, as a new form or
            state of being, or course of action; to take the first
            step; to start. [bd]Tears began to flow.[b8] --Dryden.
                     When I begin, I will also make an end. --1 Sam. iii.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Beginning \Be*gin"ning\, n.
      1. 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.
                     In the beginning God created the heaven and the
                     earth.                                                --Gen. i. 1.
      2. That which begins or originates something; the first
            cause; origin; source.
                     I am . . . the beginning and the ending. --Rev. i.
      3. That which is begun; a rudiment or element.
                     Mighty things from small beginnings grow. --Dryden.
      4. Enterprise. [bd]To hinder our beginnings.[b8] --Shak.
      Syn: Inception; prelude; opening; threshold; origin; outset;
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