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English adjective: beginning

1. beginning serving to begin

SamplesThe beginning canto of the poem.
The first verse.




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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