Meaning of “beginning” in the English Dictionary

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"beginning" in British English

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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 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.

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  • We must be there by six, or else we'll miss the beginning of the film.
  • The national anthems of the teams are played at the beginning of a big international football match.
  • At the beginning of the book there's a quotation from Abraham Lincoln.
  • Tell me what happened - start at the beginning.
  • I did it all wrong, so I had to go back to the beginning and start again.

(Definition of “beginning” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"beginning" in American English

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beginningnoun [ C/U ]

us /bɪˈɡɪn·ɪŋ/

the first part of something that continues

(Definition of “beginning” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)