Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “beginning”

beginning

noun uk   /bɪˈɡɪn.ɪŋ/ us  
A2 [C usually singular, U] the first part of something or the start of something: Notes on how to use this dictionary can be found at the beginning of the book. She sat down and read the book straight through from beginning to end. I enjoyed my job at/in the beginning (= when I started it), but I'm bored with it now. [C often plural] the origin of something, or the place, time, or way in which something started: The city had its beginnings in Roman times.
(Definition of beginning from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of beginning?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “beginning” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

monster

any imaginary frightening creature, especially one that is large and strange

Word of the Day

What’s that lovely smell?

by Kate Woodford,
October 29, 2014
As adult humans, we can distinguish about 10,000 different smells. It’s no wonder, then, that we have so many words and expressions to describe them. This week we’re taking a look at those smell words – words that describe good smells and words that describe bad smells. Most smell words are either

Read More 

high-frequency trading noun

October 27, 2014
a type of stock market trading that uses very complex technology to trade extremely quickly, often making tiny profits which nevertheless add up to substantial sums Lewis’s book, Flash Boys, is driving a huge amount of attention toward the topic of high frequency trading, and it has rekindled some of

Read More