start

verb
\ ˈstärt How to pronounce start (audio) \

Definition of start

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1a : 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
2a : 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
3 : to protrude or seem to protrude eyes starting from their sockets
4 : to become loosened or forced out of place one of the planks has started
5a : 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
6 : to begin an activity or undertaking especially : to begin work
7 : to be a participant in a game or contest especially : to be in the starting lineup

transitive verb

1 : to cause to leave a place of concealment : flush start a rabbit
2 archaic : startle, alarm
3 : to bring up for consideration or discussion
4 : to bring into being start a rumor
5 : to cause to become loosened or displaced
6 : to begin the use of start a fresh loaf of bread
7a : 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
8 : to do or experience the first stages or actions of started studying music at the age of five
start something or less commonly start anything
: to make trouble always trying to start something don't start anything
to start with
1 : at the beginning : initially
2 : in any event

start

noun

Definition of start (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : 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
2 : a beginning of movement, activity, or development a false start housing starts
4 : a place of beginning
5 : 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

START

abbreviation
\ ˈstärt How to pronounce START (audio) \

Definition of START (Entry 3 of 3)

strategic arms reduction talks

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Verb

begin, commence, start, initiate, inaugurate, usher in mean to take the first step in a course, process, or operation. begin, start, and commence are often interchangeable. begin, opposed to end, is the most general. begin a trip began dancing start, opposed to stop, applies especially to first actions, steps, or stages. the work started slowly commence can be more formal or bookish than begin or start. commence firing commenced a conversation initiate implies taking a first step in a process or series that is to continue. initiated diplomatic contacts inaugurate suggests a beginning of some formality or notion of significance. the discovery of penicillin inaugurated a new era in medicine usher in is somewhat less weighty than inaugurate. ushered in a period of economic decline

Examples of start in a Sentence

Verb

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

Noun

knew from the start of the game that he would win easily
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In something of an unlikely matchup, Church has designed his own Repetto shoes, which will be available exclusively at Opening Ceremony starting tomorrow. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Here’s How Patrick Church Turned a Simple Ballet Flat Into a Piece of Art," 17 Apr. 2019 Cultivate started by rescuing food from large catering companies and casinos in the area, aided by donations from the nearby University of Notre Dame. Teen Vogue, "Food Insecurity Among American Public School Students Requires Aid Beyond Free Lunch Programs," 16 Apr. 2019 It's rumored that the two dated from 2008 to 2011, starting their romance when Kylie was 12. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About All of Kylie Jenner's Ex-Boyfriends," 20 Mar. 2019 The Shoemaker of Dreams anouchkaGetty Images Ferragamo shoes are iconic, thanks to the beautiful mind of the man who started making them. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Best Documentaries of 2019 That Are Already Changing Everything," 20 Mar. 2019 Participants reported that the couples started resembling each other more over time. Anne Roderique-jones, SELF, "My Husband and I Are Becoming the Same Person," 19 Mar. 2019 The label has been a mainstay in Brazil since its inception in 1997 when Kátia Barros and Marcello Bastos started it out of a marketplace in Rio de Janeiro. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Brazilian Brand Is About to Become Every Fashion Girl’s Favorite," 19 Mar. 2019 A month later, the texture of my skin started smoothing and evening out. Devon Abelman, Allure, "This Powerful Vitamin C Treatment Helped Me Get the Glass Skin of My Dreams," 19 Mar. 2019 The company explains that having the ability for a direct checkout through the app will enhance security for the purchaser and create a more seamless shopping experience, one that starts and ends on Instagram. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Instagram Made a Major Announcement This Morning And It May Change the Way You Shop Online," 19 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Despite the show's strong ratings at its start, Shadowhunters saw a decrease in viewership from season to season and was officially canceled by Freeform in June 2018. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "5 Major Facts All 'Shadowhunters' Fans Need to Know Before the Series Ends," 25 Mar. 2019 Scientists are still working to figure out the exact relationship between physical brain damage and the start of symptoms — and are recognizing that behavior symptoms can occur without detectable physical changes. Brian Resnick, Vox, "What a lifetime of playing football can do to the human brain," 4 Feb. 2019 The start of the new year is best celebrated with all manner of refreshes. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Hottest Home Trends of 2019, According to Jonathan Adler," 2 Jan. 2019 Cook also said that Apple will stop reporting unit sales for iPhone, iPad and Mac from next quarter — the start of its next financial year. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Kara Swisher interviews Elon Musk," 2 Nov. 2018 Sims, a 6-foot-6 forward entering his junior season at LSU, averaged 5.6 points and 2.9 rebounds per game last year with 10 starts in 32 games. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "LSU basketball star killed in restaurant shooting near another school: 'We are all devastated'," 28 Sep. 2018 Today, Kardashian West stepped out in West Hollywood wearing a piece that’s pretty much the standard uniform for any tech start-up: a fleece jacket. Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West Puts Her Spin on a Beloved Tech Bro Staple," 22 Mar. 2019 Along with the September equinox, known to those in the Northern Hemisphere as the autumnal equinox, the solstices also designate the start of new seasons. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "What Exactly Is the Spring Equinox?," 19 Mar. 2019 The reactor was initially scheduled to be completed in 2013; delays pushed back the start date to 2015 and again to 2016. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 'Green New Deal' Wants to Get Rid of Nuclear Power. That's a Great Idea.," 8 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of start

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for start

Verb

Middle English sterten; akin to Middle High German sterzen to stand up stiffly, move quickly

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start

verb

English Language Learners Definition of start

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

start

noun

English Language Learners Definition of start (Entry 2 of 2)

: the time at which something begins
: the first part of an activity, development, event, etc.
: the first opportunity to begin a career

start

verb
\ ˈstärt How to pronounce start (audio) \
started; starting

Kids Definition of start

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to begin an activity I'm starting a new book.
2 : to come or bring into being or action Who started the rumor? Rain is likely to start soon.
3 : to begin to move toward a particular place or in a particular direction Let's start for home.
4 : to cause to move, act, or operate I'll try to start the motor.
5 : to give a sudden twitch or jerk (as in surprise)
6 : to stick out or seem to stick out Their eyes started from the sockets.

start

noun

Kids Definition of start (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a sudden twitching or jerking movement a start of surprise
2 : a beginning of movement, action, or development I got an early start.
3 : a brief act, movement, or effort They work by fits and starts.
4 : a place of beginning (as of a race)

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