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Definition of 'start'


  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"
       Synonyms: beginning commencement first outset get-go kickoff starting time showtime offset
       Antonyms: middle end ending
  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"
       Synonyms: starting
  4. a sudden involuntary movement; "he awoke with a start"
       Synonyms: startle jump
  5. the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"
       Synonyms: beginning commencement
       Antonyms: finish finishing
  6. a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game
       Synonyms: starting line
  7. a signal to begin (as in a race); "the starting signal was a green light"; "the runners awaited the start"
       Synonyms: starting signal
  8. advantage gained by an beginning early (as in a race); "with an hour's start he will be hard to catch"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: get down begin get start out set about set out commence
       Antonyms: end terminate
  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"
       Synonyms: begin lead off commence
       Antonyms: end terminate
  3. leave; "The family took off for Florida"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: begin
       Antonyms: end stop finish terminate cease
  5. bring into being; "He initiated a new program"; "Start a foundation"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: start up embark on commence
  7. move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm; "She startled when I walked into the room"
       Synonyms: startle jump
  8. get going or set in motion; "We simply could not start the engine"; "start up the computer"
       Synonyms: start up
       Antonyms: stop
  9. begin or set in motion; "I start at eight in the morning"; "Ready, set, go!"
       Synonyms: go get going
       Antonyms: stop halt
  10. begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job; "Take up a position"; "start a new job"
       Synonyms: take up
  11. play in the starting lineup
  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 workout"; "The semester begins with a convocation ceremony"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: begin
  14. bulge outward; "His eyes popped"
       Synonyms: protrude pop pop out bulge bulge out bug out come out

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