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beginningnoun

uk   /bɪˈɡɪn.ɪŋ/  us   /bɪˈɡɪn.ɪŋ/
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 ​bookstraight 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 ​Romantimes.

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beginningnoun [C/U]

 us   /bɪˈɡɪn·ɪŋ/
the first ​part of something that ​continues
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