An example of start is the beginning of a novel.
Eyes that fairly started from their sockets in fear.
The manager started him in marketing.
Start a business.
At the start of the decade.
Our rivals have a three-month start in research.
Eyes starting in fear.
A pitcher with 30 starts for the season.
Jones has been a substitute before, but made his first start for the team last Sunday.
- 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.
To start a water cask.
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.
Started at the loud noise.
- To conceive or have a first child.
- To begin an activity regarding (something):.Start in on a new book.
- To begin to criticize or complain about (someone or something).
- To cause trouble.
- At the beginning; initially.
- In any case.
- To bring forward an issue, question, etc. for consideration.
- To begin a task, activity, etc.
- To start a journey.
- To make a start on some course of action or procedure.
- To cause a disturbance or trouble.
- To rise up or stand suddenly, as in fright.
- To come into being suddenly; spring up.
- To cause (a motor, etc.) to begin running.
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 stÃ¼rzen, “to hurl, plunge, turn upside down"), Old High German sterzan (“to be stiff, protrude"). More at stare.
- From Middle English stert, from the verb sterten (“to start, startle"). See below.
- The verb start, with initial uppercase letter.