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1 the beginning of anything; "it was off to a good start"
2 the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got an early start"; "she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her" [syn: beginning, commencement, first, outset, get-go, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offset] [ant: middle, end]
3 a turn to be a starter (in a game at the beginning); "he got his start because one of the regular pitchers was in the hospital"; "his starting meant that the coach thought he was one of their best linemen" [syn: starting]
4 a sudden involuntary movement; "he awoke with a start" [syn: startle, jump]
5 the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations" [syn: beginning, commencement] [ant: finish]
6 a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game [syn: starting line]
7 a signal to begin (as in a race); "the starting signal was a green light"; "the runners awaited the start" [syn: starting signal]
8 advantage gained by an early start as in a race; "with an hour's start he will be hard to catch" [syn: head start]


1 take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; "We began working at dawn"; "Who will start?"; "Get working as soon as the sun rises!"; "The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia"; "He began early in the day"; "Let's get down to work now" [syn: get down, begin, get, start out, set about, set out, commence] [ant: end]
2 set in motion, cause to start; "The U.S. started a war in the Middle East"; "The Iraqis began hostilities"; "begin a new chapter in your life" [syn: begin, lead off, commence] [ant: end]
3 leave; "The family took off for Florida" [syn: depart, part, start out, set forth, set off, set out, take off]
4 have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense; "The DMZ begins right over the hill"; "The second movement begins after the Allegro"; "Prices for these homes start at $250,000" [syn: begin] [ant: end]
5 bring into being; "He initiated a new program"; "Start a foundation" [syn: originate, initiate]
6 get off the ground; "Who started this company?"; "We embarked on an exciting enterprise"; "I start my day with a good breakfast"; "We began the new semester"; "The afternoon session begins at 4 PM"; "The blood shed started when the partisans launched a surprise attack" [syn: start up, embark on, commence]
7 move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm; "She startled when I walked into the room" [syn: startle, jump]
8 get going or set in motion; "We simply could not start the engine"; "start up the computer" [syn: start up] [ant: stop]
9 begin or set in motion; "I start at eight in the morning"; "Ready, set, go!" [syn: go, get going] [ant: stop]
10 begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job; "Take up a position"; "start a new job" [syn: take up]
11 play in the starting line-up
12 have a beginning characterized in some specified way; "The novel begins with a murder"; "My property begins with the three maple trees"; "Her day begins with a work-out"; "The semester begins with a convocation ceremony" [syn: begin]
13 begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object; "begin a cigar"; "She started the soup while it was still hot"; "We started physics in 10th grade" [syn: begin]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The beginning of an activity.
    The movie was entertaining from start to finish.
  2. A sudden involuntary movement.
    He woke with a start.
  3. The beginning point of a race.
  4. 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.


beginning of an activity
  • Finnish: alku, aloitus
  • French: début
  • German: der Beginn
  • Greek: αρχή (archí), ξεκίνημα (xekínima)
  • Hebrew:
  • Icelandic: byrjun , upphaf
  • Ido: komenco
  • Italian: avvio, partenza, inizio
  • Japanese: 開始, スタート
  • Kurdish: سه‌ره‌تا
  • Polish: początek
  • Portuguese: começo
  • Russian: начало
  • Serbian: početi
  • Swedish: start
sudden involuntary movement
beginning point of a race
  • Czech: start
  • Finnish: lähtö
  • French: départ
  • German: der Start
  • Greek: αφετηρία (afetiría), εκκίνηση (ekkínisi)
  • Hebrew:
  • Icelandic: upphaf
  • Italian: avvio, partenza
  • Japanese: スタート地点
  • Polish: start
  • Portuguese: largada, partida
  • Russian: старт
  • Serbian: početak, polazište
starting point
appearance in a sports game from the beginning of the match


  1. To set in motion.
  2. To begin.
  3. To initiate a vehicle or machine.
  4. To begin an activity.
    The rain started at 9:00.
  5. To jerk suddenly in surprise.
  6. To awaken suddenly.
    I started from my sleep with horror . . . --Mary Shelley

Derived terms


to set in motion
to begin
to initiate a vehicle or machine
to begin an activity
to jerk suddenly in surprise
to awaken suddenly
  • Japanese: 飛び起きる
  • Serbian: odjednom

Crimean Tatar


  1. start



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Extensive Definition

Start can refer to multiple topics:
In music:

See also

start in German: Start
start in French: Start
start in Japanese: スタート
start in Polish: Start

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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