Definition of start over
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
: to move suddenly and violently : spring
: to react with a sudden brief involuntary movement
: to issue with sudden force
: a sudden involuntary bodily movement or reaction
: a brief and sudden action or movement
: a sudden capricious impulse or outburst
: across a barrier or intervening (see intervene 4) space
: across the goal line in football
: forward beyond an edge or brink and often down
: used as a function word to indicate motion or situation in a position higher than or above another
: used as a function word to indicate the possession of authority, power, or jurisdiction in regard to some thing or person
: used as a function word to indicate superiority, advantage, or preference
: upper, higher
: outer, covering
: to leap over
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