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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
beginning (noun)
1.
the point at which something - begins start
2.
the first part
3.
- origin source
4.
a rudimentary stage or early period - usually used in plural
beginning (adjective)
1.
just starting out - a beginning writer
2.
a) being first or the first part - the beginning chapters
b) - introductory beginning chemistry
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
beginning (adjective)
1.
coming before the main part or item usually to introduce or prepare for what follows
SYNONIMS:
beginning, introductory, precursory, prefatory, prelim, prelusive, preparative, preparatory, primary
RELATED WORDS:
introducing, prefacing, preparing, readying; premonitory, warning; basic, elementary, fundamental; ahead, early, former, preceding, previous, prior
NEAR ANTONYMS:
after, behind, following, subsequent
beginning (adjective)
2.
of or relating to the simplest facts or theories of a subject
SYNONIMS:
abecedarian, basal, basic, beginning, elemental, essential, fundamental, introductory, meat-and-potatoes, rudimental, rudimentary, underlying
RELATED WORDS:
primal, primary, prime, simple; crude, primeval, primitive, primordial, rude, uncomplicated; preliminary, preparatory; crucial, important, key
NEAR ANTONYMS:
complex, sophisticated; complicated, convoluted, detailed, elaborate, extensive, intricate; developed, evolved, high, higher, refined
advanced
beginning (noun)
the point at which something begins
SYNONIMS:
alpha, baseline, birth, commencement, dawn, day one, genesis, get-go ( git-go), inception, incipience, incipiency, kickoff, launch, morning, nascence, nascency, onset, outset, start, threshold
RELATED WORDS:
drawing board, first base, ground zero, square one; creation, founding, inauguration, initiation, institution, origination; cradle, fountain, fountainhead, germ, origin, root, seedbed, source, spring, well, wellspring; dawning, opening; advent, appearance, arrival, debut ( début), emergence; childhood, infancy, youth
NEAR ANTONYMS:
cessation, closing, closure, completion, finale, finish, period, stop, termination, windup
close, conclusion, end, ending, omega
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