(noun, adjective, verb)


1. serving to begin

- the beginning canto of the poem

Similar word(s): opening, first

Sentences with beginning as an adjective:

- in the beginning paragraph of the chapter

- in the beginning section of the course


1. the event consisting of the start of something

- the beginning of the war

Definition categories: event, happening, occurrence, occurrent

2. the time at which something is supposed to begin

Similar word(s): commencement, first, kickoff, offset, outset, showtime, start

Definition categories: time, point

3. the first part or section of something

- `It was a dark and stormy night' is a hackneyed beginning for a story

Definition categories: thought, division, part, section

4. the place where something begins, where it springs into being

- the Italian beginning of the Renaissance

Similar word(s): origin, root, rootage, source

Definition categories: location, point

5. the act of starting something

- he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations

Similar word(s): commencement, start

Definition categories: act

Sentences with beginning as a noun:

- The author describes the main character's youth at the beginning of the story

- That house is at the beginning of the street


1. present participle of begin

- He is beginning to read a new book.