verb \ˈstärt\

: to do the first part of something : to begin doing something

: to begin to work on, produce, or give attention to (something)

: to cause (something) to begin : to cause (something) to begin in a specified way

Full Definition of START

intransitive verb
a :  to move suddenly and violently :  spring <started angrily to his feet>
b :  to react with a sudden brief involuntary movement <started when a shot rang out>
a :  to issue with sudden force <blood starting from the wound>
b :  to come into being, activity, or operation <when does the movie start> <the rain started up again>
:  to protrude or seem to protrude <eyes starting from their sockets>
:  to become loosened or forced out of place <one of the planks has started>
a :  to begin a course or journey <started toward the door> <just starting out>
b :  to range from a specified initial point <the rates start at $10>
:  to begin an activity or undertaking; especially :  to begin work
:  to be a participant in a game or contest; especially :  to be in the starting lineup
transitive verb
:  to cause to leave a place of concealment :  flush <start a rabbit>
archaic :  startle, alarm
:  to bring up for consideration or discussion
:  to bring into being <start a rumor>
:  to cause to become loosened or displaced
:  to begin the use of <start a fresh loaf of bread>
a :  to cause to move, act, or operate <start the motor>
b :  to cause to enter a game or contest; especially :  to put in the starting lineup
c :  to care for or train during the early stages of growth and development <started plants> <a well-started coonhound>
:  to do or experience the first stages or actions of <started studying music at the age of five>
start something also start anything
:  to make trouble <always trying to start something> <don't start anything>
to start with
:  at the beginning :  initially
:  in any event

Examples of START

  1. They started clearing land for the new housing development.
  2. He started studying music at the age of five.
  3. As soon as you're ready to play, we'll start.
  4. Let's start with some warm-up exercises.
  5. He deleted what he wrote and started fresh.
  6. Olympic athletes start young and train hard.
  7. I started the quilt last month.
  8. Have you started your book report?
  9. We started the meeting at 6:30.
  10. She started the meeting with a brief review of the previous meeting.

Origin of START

Middle English sterten; akin to Middle High German sterzen to stand up stiffly, move quickly
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with START



: the time at which something begins

: the first part of an activity, development, event, etc.

: the first opportunity to begin a career

Full Definition of START

a :  a sudden involuntary bodily movement or reaction <woke with a start>
b :  a brief and sudden action or movement
c :  a sudden capricious impulse or outburst
:  a beginning of movement, activity, or development <a false start> <housing starts>
:  a place of beginning
:  the act or an instance of being a competitor in a race or a member of a starting lineup in a game <undefeated in six startsCurrent Biography>

Examples of START

  1. <knew from the start of the game that he would win easily>

First Known Use of START

14th century



Definition of START

strategic arms reduction talks

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