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Synonyms for beginning
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beginning(noun)

    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, offset(noun)

    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. beginning(noun)

    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, source(noun)

    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, commencement(adj)

    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), first(adj)

    serving to begin

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

    end, ending, finish, middle, conclusion, closing


  1. beginning(noun)

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

  2. beginning(noun)

    Of or relating to the first portion of some extended thing

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

  3. beginning(noun)

    That which is begun; a rudiment or element.

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

  4. beginning(noun)

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

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

  5. beginning(noun)

    The initial portion of some extended thing.

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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. beginning(n.)

    commencement, outset, opening, start

  2. beginning(n.)

    origin, source, rise

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. beginning(n)

    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. Martin Dempsey:

    This is not an enemy that is sitting around in the open desert waiting for me to come find it and either use U.S. or French aircraft to attack it, they did some of that in the beginning and paid the price. So the enemy has adapted and they have developed tactics and techniques that make them a little more difficult to find.

  2. Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek:

    The EU is currently doing the impact analysis, and we are doing the impact analysis, and we're hoping that at the latest some time in the beginning of 2017 negotiations could start in earnest.

  3. Alfred Kouassi:

    Since the beginning of the week, the security measures have been reinforced, the police often come to speak to us with us.

  4. Maureen O'Hara:

    A sense of belonging is a sine qua non of healthy psychological functioning everywhere. Such a sense, beginning in infancy and continuing throughout life, comes about by experiencing mutual empathy; by sensing oneself as part of a whole, which recognizes and accepts that one is a member.

  5. Jose Mourinho:

    Only one team tried to win from the beginning, the other team didn't. They defended a lot and they defended well, defending a lot and well is not a crime. They were successful in their approach.

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