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Meaning & Definition of Start in English

English

Start

/stɑrt/

noun

1. The beginning of anything

  • "It was off to a good start"
    synonym:
  • start

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"
    synonym:
  • beginning
  • ,
  • commencement
  • ,
  • first
  • ,
  • outset
  • ,
  • get-go
  • ,
  • start
  • ,
  • kickoff
  • ,
  • starting time
  • ,
  • showtime
  • ,
  • offset

3. 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"
    synonym:
  • start
  • ,
  • starting

4. A sudden involuntary movement

  • "He awoke with a start"
    synonym:
  • startle
  • ,
  • jump
  • ,
  • start

5. The act of starting something

  • "He was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"
    synonym:
  • beginning
  • ,
  • start
  • ,
  • commencement

6. A line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game

    synonym:
  • start
  • ,
  • starting line
  • ,
  • scratch
  • ,
  • scratch line

7. A signal to begin (as in a race)

  • "The starting signal was a green light"
  • "The runners awaited the start"
    synonym:
  • starting signal
  • ,
  • start

8. The advantage gained by beginning early (as in a race)

  • "With an hour's start he will be hard to catch"
    synonym:
  • start
  • ,
  • head start

verb

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • get down
  • ,
  • begin
  • ,
  • get
  • ,
  • start out
  • ,
  • start
  • ,
  • set about
  • ,
  • set out
  • ,
  • commence

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • begin
  • ,
  • lead off
  • ,
  • start
  • ,
  • commence

3. Leave

  • "The family took off for florida"
    synonym:
  • depart
  • ,
  • part
  • ,
  • start
  • ,
  • start out
  • ,
  • set forth
  • ,
  • set off
  • ,
  • set out
  • ,
  • take off

4. 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"
    synonym:
  • begin
  • ,
  • start

5. Bring into being

  • "He initiated a new program"
  • "Start a foundation"
    synonym:
  • originate
  • ,
  • initiate
  • ,
  • start

6. 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 surprise attack"
    synonym:
  • start
  • ,
  • start up
  • ,
  • embark on
  • ,
  • commence

7. Move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm

  • "She startled when i walked into the room"
    synonym:
  • startle
  • ,
  • jump
  • ,
  • start

8. Get going or set in motion

  • "We simply could not start the engine"
  • "Start up the computer"
    synonym:
  • start
  • ,
  • start up

9. Begin or set in motion

  • "I start at eight in the morning"
  • "Ready, set, go!"
    synonym:
  • start
  • ,
  • go
  • ,
  • get going

10. Begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job

  • "Take up a position"
  • "Start a new job"
    synonym:
  • start
  • ,
  • take up

11. Play in the starting lineup

    synonym:
  • start

12. 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 workout"
  • "The semester begins with a convocation ceremony"
    synonym:
  • begin
  • ,
  • start

13. 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"
    synonym:
  • begin
  • ,
  • start

14. Bulge outward

  • "His eyes popped"
    synonym:
  • start
  • ,
  • protrude
  • ,
  • pop
  • ,
  • pop out
  • ,
  • bulge
  • ,
  • bulge out
  • ,
  • bug out
  • ,
  • come out

Examples of using

I want to start running.
We have work to do, but if you need a day to recover from jet lag, we can start tomorrow.
Did life on Earth start on Mars?