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

n the act of starting something

“he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations”
commencement, start
finish, finishing
the act of finishing
(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
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
(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
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
(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
the act of setting in operation
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
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
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change of state
the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics

n the first part or section of something

“`It was a dark and stormy night' is a hackneyed beginning for a story”
an intermediate part or section
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

n the place where something begins, where it springs into being

“the Italian beginning of the Renaissance”
origin, root, rootage, source
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the source or origin from which something derives (i.e. comes or issues)
a point at which water issues forth
fountainhead, head, headspring
the source of water from which a stream arises
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
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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the precise location of something; a spatially limited location

n the event consisting of the start of something

“the beginning of the war”
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
the beginning of anything
conception, creation
the event that occurred at the beginning of something
the emergence of a tooth as it breaks through the gum
the origin of some development
a growth in strength or number or importance
the increase in activity of the adrenal glands just before puberty
the first occurrence of menstruation in a woman
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
the first event in a series
events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something
overture, preliminary, prelude
something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows
emanation, procession, rise
(theology) the origination of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost
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
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

n the time at which something is supposed to begin

commencement, first, get-go, kickoff, offset, outset, showtime, start, starting time
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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the time when something begins (especially life)
incipience, incipiency
beginning to exist or to be apparent
starting point, terminus a quo
earliest limiting point
the starting point for a new state or experience
birth of a person
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point, point in time
an instant of time

adj serving to begin

“the beginning canto of the poem”
first or beginning

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