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  1. start
  2. verb

    • 1. come into being; begin or be reckoned from a particular point in time or space:

      the season starts in September we ate before the show started below Roaring Springs the real desert starts
      Synonym : begin, get under way, go ahead, get going, kick off, commence, come into being, begin, be born, come into existence, appear, arrive, come forth, emerge, erupt, burst out, arise, originate, break, unfold, develop, crop up, first see the light of day, commence
    • 2. embark on a continuing action or a new venture:

      I started to chat to him we plan to start building in the fall
      Synonym : make a start, begin, make a beginning, take the first step, lay the first stone, make the first move, get going, go ahead, set things moving, take something forward, buckle to/down, turn to, put one's shoulder to the wheel, put one's hand to the plow, start/get/set the ball rolling, get moving, get cracking, get stuck in, get down to it, get to it, get down to business, get one's finger out, get the show on the road, take the plunge, kick off, pitch in, get off one's backside, fire away, get weaving, commence
    • 3. use a particular point, action, or circumstance as an opening for a course of action:

      the teacher can start by capitalizing on children's curiosity I shall start with the case you mention first
    • 4. begin to move or travel:

      we started out into the snow he started for the door
      Synonym : set off, set out, start out, set forth, begin one's journey, get on the road, depart, leave, get under way, make a start, sally forth, embark, sail, hit the road, hit the trail, push off, set forward
    • 5. begin to attend (an educational establishment) or engage in (an occupation, especially a profession):

      she will start school today he started work at a travel agency
    • 6. begin one's working life:

      he started as a typesetter she started off as a general practitioner
    • 7. begin to live through (a period distinguished by a specified characteristic):

      they started their married life
    • 8. cost at least a specified amount:

      fees start at around $300
    • 9. cause (an event or process) to happen:

      two men started the blaze that caused the explosion those women started all the trouble
      Synonym : establish, set up, found, lay the foundations of, lay the cornerstone of, lay the first stone of, sow the seeds of, create, bring into being, institute, initiate, inaugurate, introduce, open, begin, launch, float, kick-start, put in place, get something off the ground, get something going, get something moving, get something working, get something functioning, activate, originate, pioneer, organize, mastermind, embark on, make a start on, tackle, set about, kick something off
    • 10. bring (a project or an institution) into being; cause to take effect or begin to work or operate:

      I'm starting a campaign to get the law changed
    • 11. cause (a machine) to begin to work:

      we had trouble starting the car he starts up his van
      Synonym : activate, set in motion, switch on, turn on, fire up, energize, actuate, set off, start off, get/set something going/moving, start something functioning, start something operating, kick-start
    • 12. (of a machine or device) begin operating or being used:

      the noise of a tractor starting up there was a moment of silence before the organ started
      Synonym : begin working, start functioning, get going, start operating
    • 13. cause or enable (someone or something) to begin doing or pursuing something:

      his father started him off in business what he said started me thinking
    • 14. give a signal to (competitors) to start in a race.

    • 15. give a small jump or make a sudden jerking movement from surprise or alarm:

      “Oh my!” she said, starting
    • 16. move or appear suddenly:

      she had seen Meg start suddenly from a thicket
    • 17. (of eyes) bulge so as to appear to burst out of their sockets:

      his eyes started out of his head like a hare's
    • 18. be displaced or displace by pressure or shrinkage:

      the mortar in the joints had started
    • 19. rouse (game) from its lair.


  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: start, plural noun: starts

    • v.: verb: start, 3rd person present: starts, gerund or present participle: starting, past tense: started, past participle: started

    • abbreviation

      Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, an agreement between the US and the Soviet Union to limit and reduce strategic nuclear weapons, first signed in 1991.
    • verb

      begin or be reckoned from a particular point in time or space; come into being:

      embark on a continuing action or a new venture:

    • noun

      the point in time or space at which something has its origin; the beginning:

      the point or moment at which a race begins:

    • abbreviation

      Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, an agreement between the US and the Soviet Union to limit and reduce strategic nuclear weapons, first signed in 1991.
    • verb

      start (an engine on a motorcycle) with a downward thrust of a pedal:

      provide the initial impetus to:

    • noun

      a device to start an engine by the downward thrust of a pedal, as in older motorcycles.

      an act of starting an engine by the downward thrust of a pedal.

    • verb

      start (a car with a dead battery) with jumper cables or by a sudden release of the clutch while it is being pushed:

      give an added impetus to (something that is proceeding slowly or is at a standstill):

    • noun

      an act of jump-starting a car:

      an added impetus:

    • noun

      a start of a race or time trial in which the starting point is passed at speed.

      a good beginning, especially one giving an advantage over competitors:

    • noun

      an invalid or disallowed start to a race, usually due to a competitor beginning before the official signal has been given.

      an unsuccessful attempt to begin something:

    • begin to work on or deal with

      begin to talk to someone, especially in a critical or hostile way

    • noun

      the action or process of setting something in motion:

      a newly established business:

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