English word beginning comes from Old English (ca. 450-1100) onginnan (To begin. To undertake, attempt.), Dutch ontginnen (To develop.), Proto-Germanic *ginnaną, Proto-Germanic *bi- (By, at; a general locative prefix.), Old Saxon andginnan (To begin.), Proto-Germanic *ginnaną.
(ambitransitive) To start, to initiate or take the first step into something.. (intransitive) To be in the first stage of some situation. (intransitive) To come into existence. (nonstandard) Beginning; start.
(informal) Of or relating to the first portion of some extended thing. (uncountable) 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.. That which begins or originates something; the first cause. That which is begun; a rudiment or element.. [...]