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UK [bɪˈɡɪnɪŋ] / US noun
Word forms "beginning":
singular beginning plural beginnings
Get it right: beginning:
Don't confuse these two phrases: ▪  at the beginning
▪  in the beginning
At the beginning is used to refer to the start or first part of something. It is usually followed by of.
In the beginning means "at first", and it usually suggests a contrast with a later situation. It is not usually followed by of.
Wrong: Children are still in the beginning of their lives.
Right: Children are still at the beginning of their lives.
Wrong: In the beginning of the last century, thousands of people left Sweden in search of a new life.
Right: At the beginning of the last century, thousands of people left Sweden in search of a new life.
Wrong: At the beginning, computers were only used for the organization of information.
Right: In the beginning, computers were only used for the organization of information.
Wrong: At the beginning, human beings had a very primitive way of life, living in caves.
Right: In the beginning, human beings had a very primitive way of life, living in caves. Note that the correct spelling is beginning: it has a double "n" and only one "g":
Wrong: In the begining the main energy source was wood.
Right: In the beginning the main energy source was wood.
1) [countable, usually singular] the first part of something
beginning of:

There is no need to start at the beginning of each section.

a) the first part of a period of time
beginning of:

I'll be away for two weeks at the beginning of April.

b) the first part of an event or process
beginning of:

It was the beginning of a friendship that would last his whole life.

from the very beginning/right from the beginning (= from the exact point when something starts):

He knew they'd be friends from the very beginning.

from beginning to end:

If it's anything like last year's party, it'll be dull from beginning to end.

mark the beginning of something:

This success marked the beginning of a new phase in his career.

new beginning:

To me, this moment was both an ending and a new beginning.

in the beginning:

In the beginning I found it hard to concentrate, but now it's much easier.

2) beginnings
[plural] someone's background, for example the social class that they originally came from, or their first job

The company has come a long way since its humble beginnings 70 years ago.

a) the background or origin of something, for example where it started, how it started etc

It was a decade that saw the beginnings of the space programme.

b) the first signs that something is starting to happen or exist
the beginnings of something:

We may now have the beginnings of an agreement.


English dictionary. 2014.

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