beginning /bɪˈɡɪnɪŋ/

b

I. noun

1. the point in time or space at which something begins

he left at the beginning of February
they had reached the beginning of the wood.
2. the first part or earliest stage of something

the ending of one relationship and the beginning of another
she had the beginnings of a headache.
3. ( beginnings) the background or origins of a person or organization

he had risen from humble beginnings to great wealth.
II. phrases

the beginning of the end
the first sign of the failure or end of something.

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