ADJ. new She spoke of a new beginning for the nation.
VERB + BEGINNING herald, mark This invention marked the beginning of the modern age. | see 2001 saw the beginning of a period of rapid growth.
PREP. at the ~ (of sth) I'm paid at the beginning of each month. | from the ~ Tell me the whole story, right from the beginning. | in the ~ In the beginning I found the course very difficult.
PHRASES the beginning of the end That holiday together was the beginning of the end of our friendship. | early/first beginnings The society had its early beginnings in discussion groups. | from beginning to end The play was rubbish from beginning to end. | from humble/modest/small beginnings From these small beginnings it grew into the vast company we know today. | the very beginning I disliked her from the very beginning.