beginning

The beginning is the first part or section of something, or the place where it starts. You watch the opening credits at the beginning of a movie.

"In the beginning," says the beginning of the Bible, "God created the heavens and the earth." Beginning can mean the act of starting something (the day after Thanksgiving is the beginning of the Christmas shopping season), or it can mean the time when something will start (Beginning at noon, all Christmas ornaments will go on sale.) Beginning can also refer to the origin of something, its root or source, as the beginning of the Mississippi River is Lake Itasca, Minnesota.

Definitions of beginning
  1. noun
    the act of starting something
    “he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations”
    synonyms: commencement, start
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    finish, finishing
    the act of finishing
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    Creation
    (theology) God's act of bringing the universe into existence
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    jumping-off point, point of departure, springboard
    a beginning from which an enterprise is launched
    activation
    making active and effective (as a bomb)
    attack, tone-beginning
    a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase
    constitution, establishment, formation, organisation, organization
    the act of forming or establishing something
    debut, entry, first appearance, introduction, launching, unveiling
    the act of beginning something new
    face-off
    (ice hockey) the method of starting play; a referee drops the puck between two opposing players
    first step, initiative, opening, opening move
    the first of a series of actions
    groundbreaking, groundbreaking ceremony
    the ceremonial breaking of the ground to formally begin a construction project
    housing start
    the act of starting to construct a house
    icebreaker
    a beginning that relaxes a tense or formal atmosphere
    inauguration, startup
    the act of starting a new operation or practice
    creation, foundation, founding, initiation, innovation, instauration, institution, introduction, origination
    the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new
    installation, installing, installment, instalment
    the act of installing something (as equipment)
    jump ball
    (basketball) the way play begins or resumes when possession is disputed; an official tosses the ball up between two players who jump in an effort to tap it to a teammate
    kickoff
    (football) a kick from the center of the field to start a football game or to resume it after a score
    recommencement, resumption
    beginning again
    scrum, scrummage
    (rugby) the method of beginning play in which the forwards of each team crouch side by side with locked arms; play starts when the ball is thrown in between them and the two sides compete for possession
    startup
    the act of setting in operation
    induction
    the act of bringing about something (especially at an early time)
    product introduction
    the introduction (usually by an advertising campaign) of a new product or product line
    authorship, paternity
    the act of initiating a new idea or theory or writing
    unionisation, unionization
    act of forming labor unions
    ushering in
    the introduction of something new
    curtain raiser
    any preliminary activity
    first base
    the initial stage in accomplishing something
    peace initiative
    opening move in negotiating a peace treaty
    tap-off, tip-off
    the act of starting a basketball game with a jump ball
    naturalisation, naturalization
    the introduction of animals or plants to places where they flourish but are not indigenous
    collectivisation, collectivization
    the organization of a nation or economy on the basis of collectivism
    communisation, communization
    the organization of a nation of the basis of communism
    federation
    the act of constituting a political unity out of a number of separate states or colonies or provinces so that each member retains the management of its internal affairs
    colonisation, colonization, settlement
    the act of colonizing; the establishment of colonies
    incorporation
    the act or process of establishing a city or organization as a legal entity
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    change of state
    the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics
  2. noun
    the first part or section of something
    “`It was a dark and stormy night' is a hackneyed beginning for a story”
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    middle
    an intermediate part or section
    end
    a final part or section
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    division, part, section
    one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole
  3. noun
    the place where something begins, where it springs into being
    “the Italian beginning of the Renaissance”
    synonyms: origin, root, rootage, source
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    derivation
    the source or origin from which something derives (i.e. comes or issues)
    spring
    a point at which water issues forth
    fountainhead, head, headspring
    the source of water from which a stream arises
    headwater
    the source of a river
    wellhead, wellspring
    the source of water for a well
    jumping-off place, point of departure
    a place from which an enterprise or expedition is launched
    birthplace, cradle, place of origin, provenance, provenience
    where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence
    home
    place where something began and flourished
    point source
    a concentrated source (especially of radiation or pollution) that is spatially constricted
    trail head, trailhead
    the beginning of a trail
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    point
    the precise location of something; a spatially limited location
  4. noun
    the event consisting of the start of something
    “the beginning of the war”
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    conclusion, ending, finish
    event whose occurrence ends something
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    casus belli
    an event used to justify starting a war
    egress, emergence, issue
    the becoming visible
    inception, origin, origination
    an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events
    generation, genesis
    a coming into being
    ground floor
    becoming part of a venture at the beginning (regarded as position of advantage)
    emergence, growth, outgrowth
    the gradual beginning or coming forth
    start
    the beginning of anything
    conception, creation
    the event that occurred at the beginning of something
    eruption
    the emergence of a tooth as it breaks through the gum
    germination
    the origin of some development
    rise
    a growth in strength or number or importance
    adrenarche
    the increase in activity of the adrenal glands just before puberty
    menarche
    the first occurrence of menstruation in a woman
    thelarche
    the start of breast development in a woman at the beginning of puberty
    oncoming, onset
    the beginning or early stages
    dawn, morning
    the earliest period
    flying start, running start
    a quick and auspicious beginning
    opener
    the first event in a series
    cause
    events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something
    overture, preliminary, prelude, prologue
    something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows
    emanation, procession, rise
    (theology) the origination of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost
    alpha
    the beginning of a series or sequence
    curtain raising, opening, opening night
    the first performance (as of a theatrical production)
    kickoff, send-off, start-off
    a start given to contestants
    racing start
    the start of a race
    dissilience
    the emergence of seeds as seed pods burst open when they are ripe
    fecundation, fertilisation, fertilization, impregnation
    creation by the physical union of male and female gametes; of sperm and ova in an animal or pollen and ovule in a plant
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    happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
    an event that happens
  5. noun
    the time at which something is supposed to begin
    synonyms: commencement, first, get-go, kickoff, offset, outset, showtime, start, starting time
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    middle
    time between the beginning and the end of a temporal period
    end, ending
    the point in time at which something ends
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    birth
    the time when something begins (especially life)
    incipience, incipiency
    beginning to exist or to be apparent
    starting point, terminus a quo
    earliest limiting point
    threshold
    the starting point for a new state or experience
    cradle
    birth of a person
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    point, point in time
    an instant of time
  6. adjective
    serving to begin
    “the beginning canto of the poem”
    synonyms: first
    opening
    first or beginning
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