start over

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of start over

chiefly US
1 :to begin doing something again
  • I'm sorry, but you'll have to start over (again).
  • She saw her divorce as an opportunity to start (her life) over.
2 :to begin to happen again
  • In the spring, the eggs hatch, and the cycle starts (all) over (again).

Word by Word Definitions

start play
  1. : to move suddenly and violently : spring

  2. : to react with a sudden brief involuntary movement

  3. : to issue with sudden force

  1. : a sudden involuntary bodily movement or reaction

  2. : a brief and sudden action or movement

  3. : a sudden capricious impulse or outburst

over play
  1. : across a barrier or intervening (see intervene 4) space

  2. : forward beyond an edge or brink and often down

  3. : across the brim

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion or situation in a position higher than or above another

  2. used as a function word to indicate the possession of authority, power, or jurisdiction in regard to some thing or person

  3. used as a function word to indicate superiority, advantage, or preference

  1. : upper, higher

  2. : outer, covering

  3. : excessive

  1. : to leap over

  1. : so as to exceed or surpass

  2. : excessive

  3. : to an excessive degree


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