verb \ˈstärt\

Definition of start

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to move suddenly and violently :  spring started angrily to his feetb :  to react with a sudden brief involuntary movement started when a shot rang out

  3. 2a :  to issue with sudden force blood starting from the woundb :  to come into being, activity, or operation when does the movie start the rain started up again

  4. 3 :  to protrude or seem to protrude eyes starting from their sockets

  5. 4 :  to become loosened or forced out of place one of the planks has started

  6. 5a :  to begin a course or journey started toward the door just starting outb :  to range from a specified initial point the rates start at $10

  7. 6 :  to begin an activity or undertaking; especially :  to begin work

  8. 7 :  to be a participant in a game or contest; especially :  to be in the starting lineup

  9. transitive verb
  10. 1 :  to cause to leave a place of concealment :  flush start a rabbit

  11. 2 archaic :  startle, alarm

  12. 3 :  to bring up for consideration or discussion

  13. 4 :  to bring into being start a rumor

  14. 5 :  to cause to become loosened or displaced

  15. 6 :  to begin the use of start a fresh loaf of bread

  16. 7a :  to cause to move, act, or operate start the motorb :  to cause to enter a game or contest; especially :  to put in the starting lineupc :  to care for or train during the early stages of growth and development started plants a well-started coonhound

  17. 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

  1. :  to make trouble always trying to start something don't start anything

to start with

  1. 1 :  at the beginning :  initially

  2. 2 :  in any event

Examples of start in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of start

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

First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of start

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




Definition of start

  1. 1a :  a sudden involuntary bodily movement or reaction woke with a startb :  a brief and sudden action or movementc :  a sudden capricious impulse or outburst

  2. 2 :  a beginning of movement, activity, or development a false start housing starts

  3. 3 :  head start

  4. 4 :  a place of beginning

  5. 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

Examples of start in a sentence

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

14th Century

First Known Use of start

14th century



Definition of START

  1. strategic arms reduction talks

START Defined for English Language Learners



verb \ˈstärt\

Definition of start for English Language Learners

  • : 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




Definition of start for English Language Learners

  • : the time at which something begins

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

  • : the first opportunity to begin a career

START Defined for Kids



verb \ˈstärt\

Definition of start for Students




  1. 1 :  to begin an activity I'm starting a new book.

  2. 2 :  to come or bring into being or action Who started the rumor? Rain is likely to start soon.

  3. 3 :  to begin to move toward a particular place or in a particular direction Let's start for home.

  4. 4 :  to cause to move, act, or operate I'll try to start the motor.

  5. 5 :  to give a sudden twitch or jerk (as in surprise)

  6. 6 :  to stick out or seem to stick out Their eyes started from the sockets.




Definition of start for Students

  1. 1 :  a sudden twitching or jerking movement a start of surprise

  2. 2 :  a beginning of movement, action, or development I got an early start.

  3. 3 :  a brief act, movement, or effort They work by fits and starts.

  4. 4 :  a place of beginning (as of a race)

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