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noun     beginning pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable] [usually singular] the first part of something
    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 from the very 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] someone’s 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 programme.

    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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