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beginning adj : serving to begin; "the beginning canto of the poem"; "the first verse" [syn: beginning(a), first]


1 the event consisting of the start of something; "the beginning of the war" [ant: ending]
2 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" [syn: commencement, first, outset, get-go, start, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offset] [ant: middle, end]
3 the first part or section of something; "`It was a dark and stormy night' is a hackneyed beginning for a story" [ant: middle, end]
4 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" [syn: origin, root, rootage, source]
5 the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations" [syn: start, commencement] [ant: finish]beginning See begin

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Verbal noun of begin.


  • , /bɪˈgɪn.ɪŋ/, /bI"gIn.IN/


  1. The act of doing that which begins anything; commencement of an action, state, or space of time; entrance into being or upon a course; the first act, effort, or state of a succession of acts or states.
  2. That which is begun; a rudiment or element.
  3. That which begins or originates something; the first cause; origin; source.
  4. The initial portion of some extended thing.
    in the beginning of the story
    The house you want is down at the beginning of the street
    You must put etymology and a definition at the beginning of a Wiktionary entry



act of doing that which begins anything
that which is begun
that which begins or originates something
initial portion of some extended thing
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  1. He is beginning to read a new book.


  1. Of or relating to the first portion of some extended thing
    in the beginning paragraph of the chapter
    in the beginning section of the course


Extensive Definition

For other uses, see The Beginning.
Beginning is the debut EP by Pak Ho Chau, released on November 7, 2007.

Track listing

  1. Same Sky (同天空)
  2. Oh (哦)
  3. Thinking Too Much (想太多)
  4. Six Days (六天)
  5. Same Sky - Different Colour Mix (同天空 Different Colour Mix)

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