Start definition

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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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(sports) To be in the initial lineup of a game or race.
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A place or time of beginning.

At the start of the decade.

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To begin a movement, activity, or undertaking.

She started to dance. The dog started barking. Once we start in, we'll get a feel for the project.

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To protrude or bulge.

Eyes that fairly started from their sockets in fear.

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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 take the first step in doing.

We start work at dawn.

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A startled reaction or movement.
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An opportunity granted to pursue a career or course of action.
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To have a beginning; commence.

The movie starts at nine.

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To cause to become displaced 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 cause to jump or move suddenly; rouse or flush (game)
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To begin to do something or go somewhere; go into action or motion.
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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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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 cause to come into being; make happen or originate.

Bad wiring started the fire. The website started the rumor.

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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 displace, loosen, warp, etc.
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To put (a player) into the initial lineup of a game.
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To enter (a participant) into a race or game.
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An act of beginning; an initial effort.

I made a start on keeping a journal.

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The beginning of a new construction project.

An application for a building start.

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A result of an initial effort.

What we did may not sound like much, but it's a start.

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A starting line for a race.
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An instance of beginning a race.

A sprinter who improved her start.

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An instance of being in the starting lineup for a game, especially as a pitcher.

In five starts, he has three wins.

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To stick out or seem to stick out.

Eyes starting in fear.

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To spring into being, activity, view, or the like.
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To make or have a beginning; commence.
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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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(now chiefly dial.) To cause to start, or move involuntarily; startle.
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To enter upon; begin to perform, play, do, etc.
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To cause or enable to begin; set into motion, action, or operation.
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To give the starting signal for (a race) or to (the contestants in a race)
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To cause to be an entrant in a race, etc.
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To put (a player) into a game at the beginning.
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To play in (a game) at the beginning.
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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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(archaic) An outburst or fit, as of emotion, or a sally, as of wit.
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A part that is loosened, warped, etc.
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A break or gap resulting from this.
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A place where, or a time when, a beginning is made, as in a race; starting point.

Ahead from the start.

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A lead or other advantage, as at the beginning of a race or contest.
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A signal to begin, as in a race.
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Strategic Arms Reduction Talks.
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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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(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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To be among the beginning entrants, as in a race; be a starter.
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To become loosened or disengaged.
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To move on the initial part of a journey.

They started for the summit.

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To come quickly into view, life, or activity; spring forth.

The boy's tears started when the balloon popped.

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To have as an initial part or job.

I started as an assistant.

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To begin to attend.

Start school.

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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 set into motion, operation, or activity.

Start an engine; a shot that started the race.

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To play in the initial lineup of (a game).
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A part that has become dislocated or loosened.
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A signal to begin a race.
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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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(informal) 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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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
start
Plural:
starts

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