HyperDic: beginning

English > 6 senses of the word beginning:
NOUNeventbeginningthe event consisting of the start of something
timebeginning, commencement, first, outset, get-go, start, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offsetthe time at which something is supposed to begin
cognitionbeginningthe first part or section of something
locationbeginning, origin, root, rootage, sourcethe place where something begins, where it springs into being
actbeginning, start, commencementthe act of starting something
ADJECTIVEallbeginning, firstserving to begin
beginning > pronunciation
Soundsbihgih'nihng
Rhymesabducting ... zoning: 2044 rhymes with ihng...
English > beginning: 6 senses > adjective 1
MeaningServing to begin.
Example"the beginning canto of the poem"
Synonymfirst
BroaderopeningFirst or beginning
Spanishinicial, primer, primero
Catalaninicial, primer
English > beginning: 6 senses > noun 1, event
MeaningThe event consisting of the start of something.
Example"the beginning of the war"
Narrowercasus belliAn event used to justify starting a war
creation, conceptionThe event that occurred at the beginning of something
emergence, egress, issueThe becoming visible
emergence, outgrowth, growthThe gradual beginning or coming forth
genesis, generationA coming into being
ground floorBecoming part of a venture at the beginning (regarded as position of advantage)
origin, origination, inceptionAn event that is a beginning
startThe beginning of anything
Broaderhappening, occurrence, occurrent, natural eventAn event that happens
Oppositeending, conclusion, finishevent whose occurrence ends something
Spanishcomenzamiento, comienzo, inicio, principio
Catalancomençament, inici, principi
Verbsbeginset in motion, cause to start
English > beginning: 6 senses > noun 2, time
MeaningThe time at which something is supposed to begin.
Synonymscommencement, first, outset, get-go, start, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offset
NarrowerbirthThe time when something begins (especially life)
incipiency, incipienceBeginning to exist or to be apparent
terminus a quo, starting pointEarliest limiting point
thresholdThe starting point for a new state or experience
Broaderpoint, point in timeAn instant of time
Oppositeend, endingThe point in time at which something ends
middleTime between the beginning and the end of a temporal period
Spanishcomienzo, inicio, principio, umbral
Catalancomençament, inici, primeria, primer, principi
English > beginning: 6 senses > noun 3, cognition
MeaningThe first part or section of something.
Example"'It was a dark and stormy night' is a hackneyed beginning for a story"
Broaderpart, section, divisionOne of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole
OppositeendA final / final part or section
middleAn intermediate part or section
Spanishcomienzo, principio
Catalancomençament, principi
Verbsbeginbe the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series
English > beginning: 6 senses > noun 4, location
MeaningThe place where something begins, where it springs into being.
Example"the Italian beginning of the Renaissance"
Synonymsorigin, root, rootage, source
Narrowerbirthplace, cradle, place of origin, provenance, provenienceWhere something originated or was nurtured in its early existence
derivationThe source or origin from which something derives (i.e. comes or issues)
fountainhead, headspring, headThe source of water from which a stream arises
headwaterThe source of a river
homeplace where something began and flourished
jumping-off place, point of departureA place from which an enterprise or expedition is launched
point sourceA concentrated source (especially of radiation or pollution) that is spatially constricted
springA point at which water issues forth
trail head, trailheadThe beginning of a trail
wellhead, wellspringThe source of water for a well
BroaderpointThe precise location of something
Spanishfuente, germen, nacimiento, origen, principio, raíz, venero
Catalanarrel, germen, naixement, origen, procedència
English > beginning: 6 senses > noun 5, act
MeaningThe act of starting something.
Example"he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"
Synonymsstart, commencement
InstancesCreation(theology) God's act of bringing the universe into existence
Narroweractivationmaking active and effective (as a bomb)
attack, tone-beginningA decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase
constitution, establishment, formation, organization, organisationThe act of forming or establishing something
face-off(ice hockey) the method of starting play
first step, initiative, opening move, openingThe first of a series of actions
groundbreaking, groundbreaking ceremonyThe ceremonial breaking of the ground to formally begin a construction project
housing startThe act of starting to construct a house
icebreakerA beginning that relaxes a tense or formal atmosphere
inauguration, startupThe act of starting a new operation or practice
initiation, founding, foundation, institution, origination, creation, innovation, introduction, instaurationThe act of starting something for the first time
installation, installing, installment, instalmentThe act of installing something (as equipment)
introduction, debut, first appearance, launching, unveiling, entryThe act of beginning something new
jump ball(basketball) the way play begins or resumes when possession is disputed
kickoff(football) a kick from the center of the field to start a football game or to resume it after a score
resumption, recommencementBeginning again
scrum, scrummage(rugby) the method of beginning play in which the forwards of each team crouch side by side with locked arms
springboard, jumping-off point, point of departureA beginning from which an enterprise / enterprise is launched
startupThe act of setting in operation
Broaderchange of stateThe act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics / characteristics
Oppositefinish, finishingThe act of finishing
Spanishapertura, comienzo, incoación, iniciación, inicio, principio
Catalancomençament, iniciació, inici, primeria, principi
Verbsbegintake the first ... / first step or steps in carrying out an action

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