start

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

Definition of start

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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
\ 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 The New York Giants have benched longtime starting quarterback Eli Manning after beginning the season 0-2. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "New York Giants bench Eli Manning for rookie Daniel Jones," 17 Sep. 2019 With the Jets missing several key starters, including starting quarterback Sam Darnold, Cleveland had its way with New York, allowing only 262 yards of offense. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland.com, "Browns vs. Rams preview: 5 things to know about Cleveland’s next opponent," 17 Sep. 2019 However, one of the selling points was likely that Pittsburgh will finish the 2019 season without starting quarterback Ben Rothlisberger, who suffered a season-ending elbow injury in last Sunday’s 28-26 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins trade DB Minkah Fitzpatrick to Steelers for first-round pick," 17 Sep. 2019 To start, the team took CT scans of two Komodo dragons, according to a press release. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Komodo Dragons Have Skin That Looks Like Chain Mail," 17 Sep. 2019 One good strategy is to start by eliminating the stuff that is easy. Kate Wheeling, The New Republic, "Jonathan Safran Foer on Our Moral Obligation to Eat Better," 17 Sep. 2019 Week 7 Arizona Cardinals – Week 8 Veteran backup Teddy Bridgewater is expected to take over as the Saints’ starting quarterback while Brees is out of action. Ryan R. Bonini, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Drew Brees will miss time, Saints' Super Bowl odds to be hit hard," 16 Sep. 2019 Franks, the Gators’ starting quarterback, suffered a gruesome ankle injury against Kentucky, knocking him out for the season. C.j. Doon, baltimoresun.com, "College football overreaction index, Week 3: Same old Maryland?; ACC is at the bottom of the Power 5," 16 Sep. 2019 Without starting quarterback Sam Darnold, who missed his first game with mono, the Jets offense stalled. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Odell Beckham Jr. has big game as Cleveland Browns topple undermanned New York Jets," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Local health officials said Saturday morning that South Korea had 346 coronavirus cases, more than doubling in the past day and rising 10-fold from the start of the week. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "Coronavirus Cases Surge in South Korea, Tied Mainly to Megachurch," 22 Feb. 2020 The right-hander missed 15 months recovering and rehabbing before returning to make 14 starts at advanced Class A Carolina in 2018. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After debuting with the Brewers in 2019, Devin Williams is attempting to stick in 2020," 21 Feb. 2020 Hairston played in 11 games for the Jets, including six starts, but played just 35.7 percent of the snaps on defense and 20 percent of the snaps on special teams, finishing with 24 tackles, three pass breakups and an interception. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Colts miss out on extra sixth-round pick because Hairston trade conditions weren't met," 21 Feb. 2020 Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up times close at 3:15 p.m. The event is being held at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, Bldg. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Kids learn about plants and the environment at Spring Break Gardening Fun Day," 20 Feb. 2020 The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 10.9 points and 4.3 rebounds in 19 games with 12 starts at Memphis before going down with a knee injury earlier this month. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Florida's Kerry Blackshear hasn't matched hype but still could have helped Kentucky," 20 Feb. 2020 Jim Palmer, Dave McNally, Mike Cuellar, and Pat Dobson all made 30 or more starts and all pitched 224 or more innings. Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, "Right now, Red Sox rotation does not look like the stuff of champions," 20 Feb. 2020 The fourth-year letterman has averaged a career-high 13.1 PPG in 16 starts this season. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "North Carolina at Notre Dame college basketball odds, picks and best bets," 17 Feb. 2020 Carrie, signed by the Browns as unrestricted free agent in 2018, played in all 32 games over his two years with the club, including six starts in 2019 and eight in 2018. cleveland, "Browns release T.J. Carrie, Demetrius Harris, Eric Kush and Adarius Taylor," 17 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of start was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Start.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/start. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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start

verb
How to pronounce START (audio)

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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