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  Definition of start
  1. the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"
  2. a turn to be a starter (in a game at the beginning); "he got his start because one of the regular pitchers was in the hospital"; "his starting meant that the coach thought he was one of their best linemen"
  3. a sudden involuntary movement; "he awoke with a start"
  4. advantage gained by an early start as in a race; "with an hour''s start he will be hard to catch"
  5. a signal to begin (as in a race); "the starting signal was a green light"; "the runners awaited the start"
  6. the beginning of anything; "it was off to a good start"
  7. a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game
  8. 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"
  9. take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; "We began working at dawn"; "Who will start?"; "Get working as soon as the sun rises!"; "The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia"; "He began early in the day"; "Let''s get down to work now"
  10. set in motion, cause to start; "The U.S. started a war in the Middle East"; "The Iraqis began hostilities"; "begin a new chapter in your life"
  11. play in the starting line-up
  12. bring into being; "He initiated a new program"; "Start a foundation"
  13. get off the ground; "Who started this company?"; "We embarked on an exciting enterprise"; "I start my day with a good breakfast"; "We began the new semester"; "The afternoon session begins at 4 PM"; "The blood shed started when the partisans launched a su
  14. get going or set in motion; "We simply could not start the engine"; "start up the computer"
  15. begin or set in motion; "I start at eight in the morning"; "Ready, set, go!"
  16. move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm; "She startled when I walked into the room"
  17. leave; "The family took off for Florida"
  18. begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job; "Take up a position"; "start a new job"
  19. begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object; "begin a cigar"; "She started the soup while it was still hot"; "We started physics in 10th grade"
  20. have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense; "The DMZ begins right over the hill"; "The second movement begins after the Allegro"; "Prices for these homes start at $250,000"
  21. have a beginning characterized in some specified way; "The novel begins with a murder"; "My property begins with the three maple trees"; "Her day begins with a work-out"; "The semester begins with a convocation ceremony"
Similar Words: beginning, commencement, starting, startle, jump, head start, starting signal, starting line, first, outset, get-go, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offset, get down, begin, get, start out, set about, set out, commence, lead off, originate, initiate, start up, embark on, go, get going, depart, part, set forth, set off, take off, take up

 

See Also: originate in, spare, give up, part with, dispense with

 

Hyponyms: springboard, jumping-off point, point of departure, activation, attack, tone-beginning, constitution, establishment, formation, organization, organisation, Creation, introduction, debut, first appearance, launching, unveiling, entry, face-off, first step, initiative, opening move, opening, groundbreaking, groundbreaking ceremony, housing start, icebreaker, inauguration, startup, initiation, founding, foundation, institution, origination, creation, innovation, instauration, installation, installing, installment, instalment, jump ball, kickoff, resumption, recommencement, scrum, scrummage, startle response, startle reaction, startle reflex, Moro reflex, wince, flinch, adrenarche, menarche, thelarche, onset, oncoming, dawn, morning, flying start, running start, opener, alpha, opening night, curtain raising, send-off, start-off, racing start, birth, incipiency, incipience, terminus a quo, starting point, threshold, recommence, strike out, fall, jump off, get to, auspicate, break in, plunge, launch, come on, embark, enter, get cracking, bestir oneself, get going, get moving, get weaving, get started, get rolling, jumpstart, jump-start, inaugurate, usher in, introduce, set off, start up, embark on, commence, lead up, initiate, set, go back, date back, date from, kick off, open, hot-wire, restart, crank, crank up, jump, go on, come up, get off the ground, take off, shy, boggle, rear back, lift off, roar off, blaze, blaze out, sally forth, sally out, take office, erupt, break out, bud, set in, kick in, originate

 

Grouped Verbs: begin

 

Derivational Morphology: start up, embark on, commence, begin, lead off, get down, get, start out, set about, set out, take up, originate, initiate, startle, jump, inaugurate, kick off, beginning, commencement, first, outset, get-go, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offset, newcomer, fledgling, fledgeling, starter, neophyte, freshman, newbie, entrant, novice, beginner, tyro, tiro, founder, founding father, father, starting, trigger, induction, initiation, founding, foundation, institution, origination, creation, innovation, introduction, instauration, origin, inception, originator, conceiver, mastermind, inauguration, startup, takeoff, farewell, leave, leave-taking, parting, passing, loss, departure, exit, expiration, going, release, going away, leaving, departer, leaver, goer

 

Anagrams: Rasta, Starr

 

Language Translations:
Finnish: alku   French: début  
German: der Beginn   Greek: αρχή  
Icelandic: byrjun   Ido: komenco  
Italian: avvio   Polish: początek  
Portuguese: começo   Russian: начало  
Serbian: početi   Swedish: start  
 
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