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noun beginning pronunciation in American English /bɪˈɡɪnɪŋ/
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  1. 1
    [countable] [usually singular] the first part of something
    I loved the beginning of the book but hated the rest.
    beginning of: There is no need to start at the beginning of each section.
    1. a.
      the first part of a period of time
      beginning of: I’ll be away for two weeks at the beginning of April.
    2. b.
      the first part of an event or process
      beginning of: It was the beginning of a friendship that would last his whole life.
      from the very beginning/right from the beginning (=from the exact point when something starts): He knew they’d be friends right from the beginning.
      from beginning to end: If it’s anything like last year’s party, it’ll be dull from beginning to end.
      mark the beginning of something: This success marked the beginning of a new phase in his career.
      new beginning: To me, this moment was both an ending and a new beginning.
      in the beginning: In the beginning I found it hard to concentrate, but now it’s much easier.
  2. 2


    [plural] someones background, for example the social class that they originally came from, or their first job
    The company has come a long way since its humble beginnings 70 years ago.
    1. a.
      the background or origin of something, for example where it started, how it started, etc.
      It was a decade that saw the beginnings of the space program.
    2. b.
      the first signs that something is starting to happen or exist
      the beginnings of something: We may now have the beginnings of an agreement.




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