1 (a) first part 开始的部分
*I missed the beginning of the film. 我没能看到这部影片的开头.
* You've made a good beginning. 你已经做出了良好的开端.
(b) starting-point 起点
*Recite the poem (right) from the (very) beginning. 从头开始背诵这首诗.
* I've read the book from beginning to end. 我把这本书从头到尾看完了.
2 (often pl 常作复数) source; origin 源; 根源
*Did democracy have its beginnings in Athens? 民主制度是创始于雅典吗?
* Many big businesses start from small beginnings. 许多大企业都是从小企业起步的.
3 (idm 习语) the ,beginning of the `end first clear sign of the final (and usu unfavourable) outcome 结局（通常为不利者）的前兆
*Defeat in this important battle was the beginning of the end for us. 这场重要战役的失利是我们败局已定的前兆.
n [C usually singular]
the start or first part of an event, story, period of time etc
She's been here since the beginning of the year.
There's a short poem at the beginning of every chapter.
From the beginning of my career as a journalist, I've been writing about gender issues.
I thought he loved me; perhaps he did in the beginning .
That chance meeting marked the beginning of a long and happy relationship.
This is just the beginning of a new and different life for you.
I said he would cause trouble, right from the beginning .
I opposed it from the very beginning .
The whole trip was a disaster from beginning to end .
I feel like I've been offered a new beginning .
Could we start at the beginning ? Tell me where you first met him.
the early signs or stages of something that later develops into something bigger or more important
I think I have the beginnings of a cold.
from humble/small beginnings
He rose from humble beginnings to great wealth.
the beginning of the end
the time when something good starts to end
COLLOCATES for sense 1
since the beginning (of something)
at the beginning (of something)
from the beginning
in the beginning
mark the beginning of something
herald/signal the beginning of something (=show that something is starting)
be just/only the beginning (=used to emphasize that something will continue or develop)
right at the beginning
right from the beginning
the very beginning
from beginning to end
a new beginning
start at the beginning (=start an activity or story at the point where it is meant to start)
1. By this time her legs were beginning to tremble, so she sat down and accepted a cup of very strong tea, while he telephoned the police. 这时她两腿累得开始发抖，于是坐了下来，喝了一杯浓茶。与此同时，看门的人给警察挂了电话。
2. But I think you understand, my dear Miss Dietrich, that something was wrong from the very beginning. 不过，亲爱的迪特里希小姐， 我想你明白，这事从一开始就搞错了。
3. We all know the importance of laying a solid foundation in everything we do, and in language study perhaps more than in anything else, a good beginning is half the battle. 我们都知道，无论做什么事，重要的是要打下坚实的基础。语言学习尤其如此。俗说话：好的开端是成功的一半。
4. That was an absorbing book. It held my interest from beginning to end. 这是一本极有趣的书，从头到尾都让我感到兴致勃勃。
5. The only funny things we heard that evening came from the advertiser at the beginning of the programme. 那天晚上唯一逗人发笑的是节目开始前的一位广告员的讲话。
6. The plan is beginning to shape up. 这一计划正在开始成形。
7. The only funny things we heard that evening came from the advertiser at the beginning of the programme. 那天晚上唯一有趣的事情是节目开始时那个报幕员的开场白。
8. The ancient Egyptians compared the rising of the sun to the beginning of life and the setting of the sun to the end of life. 这是因为古代埃及人把日出比作生命的开始，把日落比作生命的结束。
9. This was a great lesson to me, and now I saw, though too late, the folly of beginning a work before we count the cost, and before we judge rightly of our own strength to go through with it. 这事给了我很大教训。尽管为时太晚，我现在明白了：在开始做一件事之前，不先估计一下代价，不先正确地估计自己是否有做完这件事的力量，那真是太愚蠢了！
10. To Mister Charles Jordan, the director of the Portland Parks and Recreation Department, it's just a beginning. 对波特兰市的公园和娱乐部部长查尔斯·乔丹先生来说，这仅仅是一个开头。