head start


Definition of head start

1 : an advantage granted or achieved at the beginning of a race, a chase, or a competition a 10-minute head start
2 : a favorable or promising beginning

Examples of head start in a Sentence

They gave me a five-minute head start. She took some extra classes to get a head start in her career. His natural athletic talent gave him a head start on his peers.
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Recent Examples on the Web A New Year’s Six bowl game that isn’t part of the playoff has already proven not to be enough incentive for NFL draft prospects looking to get a head start on preparing for the draft, combine and pro day. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, 11 June 2021 Americans are on the move this Memorial Day weekend, throwing aside pandemic restrictions to get a head start on summer. CBS News, 31 May 2021 Forming a solid team and growth strategy is key for every startup but even more so for those trying to get a head start in Latin America. Deepak Chhugani, Forbes, 28 May 2021 The Spurs headed home to get a head start on the offseason, having missed the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time in club history. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 19 May 2021 And because 675,000 Louisiana residents already use LA Wallet, the state has a big head start in deploying the app. BostonGlobe.com, 13 May 2021 San Jose has never missed three years in succession, and the goal is to get a head start on decisions that need to be made on younger players before the offseason. Ross Mckeon, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 May 2021 Twitter, the first major U.S. company to make a public announcement in May about its permanent work-from-home plans, has a big head start in identifying the pitfalls and advantages of work from home. Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2020 But Sittenfeld's big head start has set the clock in motion. Jason Williams, The Enquirer, 6 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of head start

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Jun 2021

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“Head start.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/head%20start. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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Kids Definition of head start

: an advantage given at the beginning (as to a school child or a runner)

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