- to make a sudden, involuntary or unexpected movement, as when surprised; jump, leap, jerk, etc. in a startled way
- to be displaced; become loose, warped, etc.
- to stick out or seem to stick out: eyes starting in fear
- to begin to do something or go somewhere; go into action or motion
- to make or have a beginning; commence
- to be among the beginning entrants, as in a race; be a starter
- to spring into being, activity, view, or the like
Origin of startMiddle English sterten from Old English styrtan and Old Norse sterta, akin to German stürzen, to overthrow from Indo-European an unverified form sterd- from base an unverified form (s)ter-, stiff, walk stiffly from source stare, starve, stork
- to cause to jump or move suddenly; rouse or flush (game)
- to displace, loosen, warp, etc.
- to enter upon; begin to perform, play, do, etc.
- to cause or enable to begin; set into motion, action, or operation
- to introduce (a subject, topic, or discussion)
- to open and make the contents flow from (a receptacle); tap
- to give the starting signal for (a race) or to (the contestants in a race)
- to cause to be an entrant in a race, etc.
- to put (a player) into a game at the beginning
- to play in (a game) at the beginning: said of a player
- Now Chiefly Dial. to cause to start, or move involuntarily; startle
- a sudden, brief shock or fright; startled reaction
- a sudden, startled movement; jump, leap, jerk, etc.
- [pl.] sudden, usually brief bursts of activity: usually in the phrase by fits and starts
- a part that is loosened, warped, etc.
- a break or gap resulting from this
- 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
- a place where, or a time when, a beginning is made, as in a race; starting point: ahead from the start
- a lead or other advantage, as at the beginning of a race or contest
- a signal to begin, as in a race
- an opportunity of beginning or entering upon a career, etc.
- Archaic an outburst or fit, as of emotion, or a sally, as of wit
start a hare
- to start a journey
- to make a start on some course of action or procedure
- to rise up or stand suddenly, as in fright
- to come into being suddenly; spring up
- to cause (a motor, etc.) to begin running