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 for beginning
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Beginning \Be*gin"ning\, n.
     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.
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              In the beginning God created the heaven and the
              earth.                                --Gen. i. 1.
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     2. That which begins or originates something; the first
        cause; origin; source.
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              I am . . . the beginning and the ending. --Rev. i.
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     3. That which is begun; a rudiment or element.
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              Mighty things from small beginnings grow. --Dryden.
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     4. Enterprise. "To hinder our beginnings." --Shak.
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     Syn: Inception; prelude; opening; threshold; origin; outset;
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Begin \Be*gin"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Began, Begun; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Beginning.] [AS. beginnan (akin to OS. biginnan, D.
     & G. beginnen, OHG. biginnan, Goth., du-ginnan, Sw. begynna,
     Dan. begynde); pref. be- + an assumed ginnan. [root]31. See
     Gin to begin.]
     1. To have or commence an independent or first existence; to
        take rise; to commence.
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              Vast chain of being! which from God began. --Pope.
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     2. To do the first act or the first part of an action; to
        enter upon or commence something new, as a new form or
        state of being, or course of action; to take the first
        step; to start. "Tears began to flow." --Dryden.
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              When I begin, I will also make an end. --1 Sam. iii.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  130 Moby Thesaurus words for "beginning":
     abecedarian, aboriginal, alpha, anlage, antenatal, anticipation,
     appearance, authorship, autochthonous, babyhood, basal, beginnings,
     birth, budding, childhood, coinage, commencement, conception,
     concoction, contrivance, contriving, cradle, creation, creative,
     creative effort, dawn, dawning, day, derivation, devising,
     earliness, early hour, early stage, elemental, elementary,
     embryonic, emergence, fabrication, fetal, first crack, first stage,
     foresight, formative, foundational, freshman year, fundamental,
     generation, genesis, gestatory, grass roots, ground floor,
     hatching, head, head start, improvisation, in embryo,
     in its infancy, in the bud, inaugural, inception, inceptive,
     inchoate, inchoation, inchoative, incipience, incipiency,
     incipient, incunabula, incunabular, infancy, infant, infantile,
     initial, initiative, initiatory, introductory, invention,
     inventive, making do, mintage, nascence, nascency, nascent, natal,
     nativity, onset, opening, origin, original, origination, outset,
     outstart, parturient, parturition, postnatal, pregnancy, pregnant,
     prenatal, prevenience, prevision, primal, primary, prime, primeval,
     primitive, primogenial, procreative, prologue, provenience,
     radical, radix, readiness, rise, root, rudiment, rudimental,
     rudimentary, running start, setout, source, spring, sprout, start,
     stem, stock, taproot, time to spare, ur, very beginning, youth

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