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Synonyms for beginning
bɪˈgɪn ɪŋbe·gin·ning

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  1. beginningadjective

    element, first, initial, commencement, source, embryo, starting, head, commencing, origin, rudiment, start

  2. beginningnoun

    Of or relating to the first portion of some extended thing

    initial, first, element, origin, commencement, starting, rudiment, embryo, commencing, source, start, head

  3. beginningnoun

    That which is begun; a rudiment or element.

    commencing, source, starting, commencement, element, start, rudiment, origin, embryo, head

  4. beginningnoun

    That which begins or originates something; the first cause; origin; source.

    source, starting, commencement, commencing, head, rudiment, embryo, start, origin, element

  5. beginningnoun

    The initial portion of some extended thing.

    commencing, origin, commencement, starting, element, source, head, rudiment, embryo, start

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. beginning

    The Latin commencement is more formal than the Saxon beginning, as the verb commence, is more formal than begin. Commencement is for the most part restricted to some form of action, while beginning has no restriction, but may be applied to action, state, material, extent, enumeration, or to whatever else may be conceived of as having a first part, point, degree, etc. The letter A is at the beginning (not the commencement) of every alphabet. If we were to speak of the commencement of the Pacific Railroad, we should be understood to refer to the enterprise and its initiatory act; if we were to refer to the roadway we should say "Here is the beginning of the Pacific Railroad." In the great majority of cases begin and beginning are preferable to commence and commencement as the simple, idiomatic English words, always accurate and expressive. "In the beginning was the word," John i, 1. An origin is the point from which something starts or sets out, often involving, and always suggesting causal connection; as, the origin of evil; the origin of a nation, a government, or a family. A source is that which furnishes a first and continuous supply, that which flows forth freely or may be readily recurred to; as, the source of a river; a source of knowledge; a source of inspiration; fertile land is a source (not an origin) of wealth. A rise is thought of as in an action; we say that a lake is the source of a certain river, or that the river takes its rise from the lake. Motley wrote of "The Rise of the Dutch Republic." Fount, fountain, and spring, in their figurative senses, keep close to their literal meaning. Compare CAUSE.

    See synonyms for END.

    arising, commencement, fount, fountain, inauguration, inception, initiation, opening, origin, outset, rise, source, spring, start

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. beginning

    commencement, start, origin, rise, initiation, preparation, preface, prelude, inauguration, inception, threshold, opening, source, outset, foundation

    end, close, termination, conclusion, consummation, completion

Princeton's WordNet

  1. beginningnoun

    the event consisting of the start of something

    "the beginning of the war"

    starting time, origin, kickoff, rootage, showtime, commencement, root, get-go, first, source, start, outset, offset

    end, middle, ending, finish, conclusion, closing

  2. beginning, commencement, first, outset, get-go, start, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offsetnoun

    the time at which something is supposed to begin

    "they got an early start"; "she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"

    starting, get-go, low gear, starting line, number one, first gear, showtime, offset, runner, rootage, send-off, setoff, scratch line, commencement ceremony, first, graduation, low, root, kickoff, outgrowth, stolon, source, commencement exercise, start-off, counterbalance, scratch, startle, head start, start, branch, origin, first-class honours degree, number 1, first base, outset, jump, offset printing, starting time, starting signal, graduation exercise, offshoot, commencement, set-back

    middle, end, ending, finish, conclusion, closing

  3. beginningnoun

    the first part or section of something

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

    starting time, origin, kickoff, rootage, showtime, commencement, root, get-go, first, source, start, outset, offset

    ending, middle, end, conclusion, finish, closing

  4. beginning, origin, root, rootage, sourcenoun

    the place where something begins, where it springs into being

    "the Italian beginning of the Renaissance"; "Jupiter was the origin of the radiation"; "Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River"; "communism's Russian root"

    extraction, start, get-go, showtime, seed, parentage, ascendent, base, pedigree, offset, tooth root, reference, theme, ascendant, informant, root system, rootage, first, etymon, germ, radical, root, kickoff, descent, stemma, source, ancestor, inception, antecedent, stock, origination, author, lineage, reservoir, origin, line, outset, line of descent, stem, root word, starting time, bloodline, generator, solution, ancestry, commencement, blood, blood line

    ending, middle, finish, end, conclusion, closing

  5. beginning, start, commencementadjective

    the act of starting something

    "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"

    rootage, outset, graduation, startle, graduation exercise, commencement exercise, first, showtime, head start, starting time, scratch line, scratch, commencement ceremony, start, origin, starting line, get-go, kickoff, root, commencement, source, starting, offset, starting signal, jump

    middle, end, conclusion, ending, finish, closing

  6. beginning(a), firstadjective

    serving to begin

    "the beginning canto of the poem"; "the first verse"

    end, ending, finish, middle, conclusion, closing

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Editors Contribution

  1. start

    Submitted by anonymous on April 6, 2021  
  2. aagaaz

    in urdu we use aagaaz word to show beginning of something

    Submitted by Joker_1 on December 20, 2021  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. beginningnoun

    commencement, outset, opening, start

  2. beginningnoun

    origin, source, rise

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. beginningnoun

    commencement, inception, opening, outset, initiation, indication, incipience, nascency, incipiency, threshold, tyronism, novitiate, origin, source

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How to use beginning in a sentence?

  1. International Monetary Fund:

    Clearly it's a difficult path ahead, we're just at the beginning of the process.

  2. Bernie Sanders:

    I plead guilty—I should have been more sensitive at the beginning of this campaign to talk about this issue.

  3. Jan Zalasiewicz:

    Global warming as a phenomenon is just beginning, species extinctions and other changes are far more advanced.

  4. H.L. Mencken:

    The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.

  5. John Carey:

    It may be that the market was a little bit oversold, a little bit too much pessimism, so bargain hunters came in to buy some shares, it's too early to say whether this is the beginning of a more sustained recovery, but it's encouraging and it shows there is still interest in stocks despite the rocky times we've experienced so far this calendar year.

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