Started at the loud noise.
At the start of the decade.
She started to dance. The dog started barking. Once we start in, we'll get a feel for the project.
Eyes that fairly started from their sockets in fear.
An example of start is the beginning of a novel.
We start work at dawn.
The movie starts at nine.
Our rivals have a three-month start in research.
- 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.
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.
Bad wiring started the fire. The website started the rumor.
I made a start on keeping a journal.
An application for a building start.
What we did may not sound like much, but it's a start.
A sprinter who improved her start.
In five starts, he has three wins.
Eyes starting in fear.
A pitcher with 30 starts for the season.
Ahead from the start.
Jones has been a substitute before, but made his first start for the team last Sunday.
To start a water cask.
They started for the summit.
The boy's tears started when the balloon popped.
I started as an assistant.
The manager started him in marketing.
Start a business.
Start an engine; a shot that started the race.
- 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
Other Word Forms
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 Middle English stert, from the verb sterten (“to start, startle"). See below.
- The verb start, with initial uppercase letter.