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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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