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English adjective: beginning

1. beginning serving to begin


SamplesThe beginning canto of the poem.
The first verse.


Synonymsfirst


Similaropening


Antonymsclosing


English noun: beginning

1. beginning (event) the event consisting of the start of something


SamplesThe beginning of the war.


Broader (hypernym)happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent


Narrower (hyponym)casus belli, conception, creation, egress, emergence, emergence, generation, genesis, ground floor, growth, inception, issue, origin, origination, outgrowth, start


Antonymsconclusion, ending, finish

2. beginning (time) the time at which something is supposed to begin


SamplesThey got an early start.
She knew from the get-go that he was the man for her.


Synonymscommencement, first, get-go, kickoff, offset, outset, showtime, start, starting time


Broader (hypernym)point, point in time


Narrower (hyponym)birth, incipience, incipiency, starting point, terminus a quo, threshold


Antonymsend, ending, middle

3. beginning (cognition) the first part or section of something


Samples`It was a dark and stormy night' is a hackneyed beginning for a story.


Broader (hypernym)division, part, section


Antonymsmiddle, end

4. beginning (location) the place where something begins, where it springs into being


SamplesThe Italian beginning of the Renaissance.
Jupiter was the origin of the radiation.
Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River.
Communism's Russian root.


Synonymsorigin, root, rootage, source


Broader (hypernym)point


Narrower (hyponym)birthplace, cradle, derivation, fountainhead, head, headspring, headwater, home, jumping-off place, place of origin, point of departure, point source, provenance, provenience, spring, trail head, trailhead, wellhead, wellspring

5. beginning (act) the act of starting something


SamplesHe was responsible for the beginning of negotiations.


Synonymscommencement, start


Broader (hypernym)change of state


Narrower (hyponym)activation, attack, constitution, creation, debut, entry, establishment, face-off, first appearance, first step, formation, foundation, founding, groundbreaking, groundbreaking ceremony, housing start, icebreaker, inauguration, initiation, initiative, innovation, installation, installing, installment, instalment, instauration, institution, introduction, introduction, jump ball, jumping-off point, kickoff, launching, opening, opening move, organisation, organization, origination, point of departure, recommencement, resumption, scrum, scrummage, springboard, startup, startup, tone-beginning, unveiling


Instance hyponymCreation


Antonymsfinishing, finish









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