|Noun||1.||beginning - the event consisting of the start of something; "the beginning of the war"|Antonyms: conclusion
- event whose occurrence ends something; "his death marked the ending of an era"; "when these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show"
|2.||beginning - the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got an early start"; "she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"|Antonyms: end
- the point in time at which something ends; "the end of the year"; "the ending of warranty period"
- time between the beginning and the end of a temporal period; "the middle of the war"; "rain during the middle of April"
|3.||beginning - the first part or section of something; "`It was a dark and stormy night' is a hackneyed beginning for a story"|Antonyms: end
- a final part or section; "we have given it at the end of the section since it involves the calculus"; "Start at the beginning and go on until you come to the end"
- an intermediate part or section; "A whole is that which has beginning, middle, and end"- Aristotle
|4.||beginning - the place where something begins, where it springs into being; "the Italian beginning of the Renaissance"; "Jupiter was the origin of the radiation"; "Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River"; "communism's Russian root"|
|5.||beginning - the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"|
|Adj.||1.||beginning - serving to begin; "the beginning canto of the poem"; "the first verse"|