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START noun

Definition of start (noun)

  1. the beginning of anything
    • "it was off to a good start"
  2. the time at which something is supposed to begin
  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
  5. the act of starting something
  6. a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game
  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. the advantage gained by beginning early (as in a race)
    • "with an hour's start he will be hard to catch"
    • synonyms: head start

START verb

Definition of start (verb)

  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: begin, commence, get, get down, set about, set out, start out
    • antonym: 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"
    • synonyms: begin, commence, lead off
    • antonym: end
  3. leave
  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
    • antonym: cease
  5. bring into being
  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: commence, embark on, start up
  7. move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm
    • "She startled when I walked into the room"
    • synonyms: jump, startle
  8. get going or set in motion
    • "We simply could not start the engine"; "start up the computer"
    • synonyms: start up
    • antonym: stop
  9. begin or set in motion
    • "I start at eight in the morning"; "Ready, set, go!"
    • synonyms: get going, go
    • antonym: 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
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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