Start meaning

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The definition of a start is the beginning or first part of something.

An example of start is the beginning of a novel.

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To protrude or bulge.

Eyes that fairly started from their sockets in fear.

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To become loosened or disengaged.
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To begin to attend.

Start school.

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To be in the initial lineup of a game or race.
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To cause (someone) to have an initial position or role.

The manager started him in marketing.

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To found; establish.

Start a business.

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To tend in an early stage of development.

Start seedlings.

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To rouse (game) from its hiding place or lair; flush.
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To cause to become displaced or loosened.
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A place or time of beginning.

At the start of the decade.

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A startled reaction or movement.
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A part that has become dislocated or loosened.
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A position of advantage over others, as in a race or an endeavor; a lead.

Our rivals have a three-month start in research.

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To make a sudden, involuntary or unexpected movement, as when surprised; jump, leap, jerk, etc. in a startled way.
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To be displaced; become loose, warped, etc.
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To stick out or seem to stick out.

Eyes starting in fear.

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To be among the beginning entrants, as in a race; be a starter.
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To spring into being, activity, view, or the like.
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To cause to jump or move suddenly; rouse or flush (game)
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To displace, loosen, warp, etc.
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To introduce (a subject, topic, or discussion)
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To open and make the contents flow from (a receptacle); tap.
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To cause to start, or move involuntarily; startle.
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A sudden, brief shock or fright; startled reaction.
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A sudden, startled movement; jump, leap, jerk, etc.
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Sudden, usually brief bursts of activity.
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A starting, or beginning; a getting into action or motion; commencement; specif., the fact of being part of the team that starts a game.

A pitcher with 30 starts for the season.

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An opportunity of beginning or entering upon a career, etc.
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An outburst or fit, as of emotion, or a sally, as of wit.
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The beginning of an activity.

The movie was entertaining from start to finish.

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A sudden involuntary movement.

He woke with a start.

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The beginning point of a race, a board game, etc.
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An appearance in a sports game from the beginning of the match.

Jones has been a substitute before, but made his first start for the team last Sunday.

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A young plant germinated in a pot to be transplanted later.
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To begin, commence, initiate.
  • To set in motion.
    To start a stream of water; to start a rumour; to start a business.
  • To begin.
  • To initiate operation of a vehicle or machine.
  • To put or raise (a question, an objection); to put forward (a subject for discussion).
  • To bring onto being or into view; to originate; to invent.
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(intransitive) To begin an activity.

The rain started at 9:00.

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To startle or be startled; to move or be moved suddenly.
  • (intransitive) To jerk suddenly in surprise.
  • To move suddenly from its place or position; to displace or loosen; to dislocate.
    To start a bone; the storm started the bolts in the vessel.
  • (intransitive) To awaken suddenly.
  • To disturb and cause to move suddenly; to startle; to alarm; to rouse; to cause to flee or fly.
    The hounds started a fox.
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(intransitive) To break away, to come loose.
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(nautical) To pour out; to empty; to tap and begin drawing from.

To start a water cask.

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A tail, or anything projecting like a tail.
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A handle, especially that of a plough.
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The curved or inclined front and bottom of a water wheel bucket.
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The arm, or level, of a gin, drawn around by a horse.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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A typical button for video games, originally used to start a game, now also often to pause or choose an option.
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Start is defined as to begin, set out to appear or to move suddenly.

An example of start is to begin work on a long research project.

An example of start is how you might wake up when you are surprised and jerk when awakened.

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To move one's body or a part of it suddenly or involuntarily.

Started at the loud noise.

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An opportunity granted to pursue a career or course of action.
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start a family
  • To conceive or have a first child.
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start in on
  • To begin an activity regarding (something):.
    Start in on a new book.
  • To begin to criticize or complain about (someone or something).
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start something
  • To cause trouble.
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to start with
  • At the beginning; initially.
  • In any case.
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start a hare
  • To bring forward an issue, question, etc. for consideration.
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start in
  • To begin a task, activity, etc.
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start out
  • To start a journey.
  • To make a start on some course of action or procedure.
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start something
  • To cause a disturbance or trouble.
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start up
  • To rise up or stand suddenly, as in fright.
  • To come into being suddenly; spring up.
  • To cause (a motor, etc.) to begin running.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of start

  • Middle English sterten to move or leap suddenly from Old English styrtan ster-1 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English sterten (“to leap up suddenly, rush out"), from Old English styrtan (“to leap up, start"), from Proto-Germanic *sturtijanÄ… (“to startle, move, set in motion"), causative of *stirtanÄ… (“to leap, tumble"), from Proto-Indo-European *stere-, *strÄ“- (“to be strong, steady, rigid, fixed"). Cognate with Old Frisian stirta (“to fall down, tumble"), Middle Dutch sterten (Dutch storten, “to rush, fall, collapse"), Old High German sturzen (German stürzen, “to hurl, plunge, turn upside down"), Old High German sterzan (“to be stiff, protrude"). More at stare.
    From Wiktionary
  • From Middle English stert, from the verb sterten (“to start, startle"). See below.
    From Wiktionary
  • The verb start, with initial uppercase letter.
    From Wiktionary