Adjective beginning has 1 sense
  1. beginning, first - serving to begin; "the beginning canto of the poem"; "the first verse"
    Antonym: closing (indirect, via opening)
,Noun beginning has 5 senses
  1. beginning - the event consisting of the start of something; "the beginning of the war"
    --1 is a kind of
    happening, occurrence, natural event
    Antonyms: ending, conclusion, finish
    --1 has particulars:
     casus belli; emergence, egress, issue; origin, origination, inception; genesis, generation; ground floor; emergence, outgrowth, growth; start; creation, conception
    Derived form: verb begin3
  2. beginning, commencement, first, outset, get-go, start, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offset - 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"
    --2 is a kind of point, point in time
    Antonyms: middle, end, ending
    --2 has particulars:
     birth; incipiency, incipience; terminus a quo, starting point; threshold
  3. beginning - the first part or section of something; "`It was a dark and stormy night' is a hackneyed beginning for a story"
    --3 is a kind of
    part, section, division
    Antonyms: middle, end
    Derived form: verb begin5
  4. beginning, origin, root, rootage, source - 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"
    --4 is a kind of point
    --4 has particulars:
     derivation; spring; fountainhead, headspring, head; headwaters; wellhead, wellspring; jumping-off place, point of departure; birthplace, cradle, place of origin, provenance; home; point source; trail head, trailhead
  5. beginning, start, commencement - the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"
    --5 is a kind of change of state
    --5 has particulars:
     springboard, jumping-off point, point of departure; activation; attack, tone-beginning; constitution, establishment, formation, organization, organisation; Creation; introduction, debut, first appearance, launching, unveiling, entry; face-off; first step, initiative, opening move, opening; groundbreaking, groundbreaking ceremony; housing start; icebreaker; inauguration, startup; initiation, founding, foundation, institution, origination, creation, innovation, introduction, instauration; installation, installing, installment, instalment; jump ball; kickoff; resumption, recommencement; scrum, scrummage; startup
    Derived form: verb begin1
,Verb begin has 10 senses
  1. get down, begin, get, start out, start, set about, set out, commence - take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; "We began working at dawn"; "Who will start?"; "Get working as soon as the sun rises!"; "The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia"; "He began early in the day"; "Let's get down to work now"
    Antonyms: end, terminate
    Derived forms: noun beginner1, noun beginning5
    Sample sentences:
    They begin moving
    They begin to move
  2. begin, start - have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense; "The DMZ begins right over the hill"; "The second movement begins after the Allegro"; "Prices for these homes start at $250,000"
    Antonyms: end, stop, finish, terminate, cease
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s
    Something is ----ing PP
    Something ----s something
  3. begin, lead off, start, commence - set in motion, cause to start; "The U.S. started a war in the Middle East"; "The Iraqis began hostilities"; "begin a new chapter in your life"
    Antonyms: end, terminate
    Derived forms: noun beginner2, noun beginning1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  4. begin - begin to speak or say; "Now listen, friends," he began
    --4 is one way to
    talk, speak, utter, mouth, verbalize, verbalise
    Sample sentence:
    They won't begin the story
  5. begin - be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series; "The number 'one' begins the sequence"; "A terrible murder begins the novel"; "The convocation ceremoney officially begins the semester"
    Derived form: noun beginning3
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s something
  6. begin - have a beginning, of a temporal event; "WWII began in 1939 when Hitler marched into Poland"; "The company's Asia tour begins next month"
    --6 is one way to
    Sample sentence:
    Something is ----ing PP
  7. begin, start - have a beginning characterized in some specified way; "The novel begins with a murder"; "My property begins with the three maple trees"; "Her day begins with a work-out"; "The semester begins with a convocation ceremony"
    --7 is one way to be
    Sample sentence:
    Something is ----ing PP
  8. begin, start - begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object; "begin a cigar"; "She started the soup while it was still hot"; "We started physics in 10th grade"
    --8 is one way to act, move
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  9. begin - achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative; "This economic measure doesn't even begin to deal with the problem of inflation"; "You cannot even begin to understand the problem we had to deal with during the war"
    --9 is one way to
    achieve, accomplish, attain, reach
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s something
  10. begin - begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language; "She began Russian at an early age"; "We started French in fourth grade"
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something