1. 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.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. --Gen. i. 1.
2. That which begins or originates something; the first cause; origin; source.
I am . . . the beginning and the ending. --Rev. i. 8.
3. That which is begun; a rudiment or element.
Mighty things from small beginnings grow. --Dryden.
4. Enterprise. “To hinder our beginnings.”
Syn: -- Inception; prelude; opening; threshold; origin; outset; foundation.
Be·gin v. i. [imp. & p. p. Began Begun p. pr. & vb. n. Beginning ]
1. To have or commence an independent or first existence; to take rise; to commence.
Vast chain of being! which from God began. --Pope.
2. To do the first act or the first part of an action; to enter upon or commence something new, as a new form or state of being, or course of action; to take the first step; to start. “Tears began to flow.”
When I begin, I will also make an end. --1 Sam. iii. 12.
adj : serving to begin; "the beginning canto of the poem"; "the
first verse" [syn: beginning(a), first]
n 1: the event consisting of the start of something; "the
beginning of the war" [ant: ending]
2: 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" [syn: commencement, first, outset, get-go,
start, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offset]
[ant: middle, end]
3: the first part or section of something; "`It was a dark and
stormy night' is a hackneyed beginning for a story" [ant:
4: 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"
[syn: origin, root, rootage, source]
5: the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the
beginning of negotiations" [syn: start, commencement]