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beginning

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The ideas of a time are like the clothes of a season: they are as arbitrary, as much imposed by some superior will which is seldom explicit. They are utilitarian and political, the instruments of smooth-running government.
Wyndham Lewis
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Etymology

Verbal noun of begin.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
beginning

Plural
s

beginning (s)
  1. (uncountable) The act of doing that which begins anything; commencement of an action, state, or space of time; entrance into being or upon a course; the first act, effort, or state of a succession of acts or states.
  2. That which is begun; a rudiment or element.
  3. That which begins or originates something; the first cause; origin; source.
  4. The initial portion of some extended thing.
    The author describes the protagonist's youth in the beginning of the story
    The house you want is down at the beginning of the street

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Verb

beginning

  1. Present participle of begin.
    He is beginning to read a new book.


Adjective

beginning (not comparable)

Positive
beginning

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. (informal) Of or relating to the first portion of some extended thing
    in the beginning paragraph of the chapter
    in the beginning section of the course

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