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

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

Luis Suarez made his return from a two-match injury absence on Saturday and scored two off the bench, with the Uruguayan in contention to make his second start this term in mid-week. Si Wire, SI.com, "Borussia Dortmund vs. Barcelona Live Stream: Watch UEFA Champions League Online, TV," 17 Sep. 2019 The 35-year-old Stanton has made 17 career starts since being selected by the Lions in 2007. BostonGlobe.com, "Frank Reich reaffirms Colts' commitment to Adam Vinatieri," 17 Sep. 2019 Marshall returned more starters than Manvel from last season, but both are off to dominant 3-0 starts. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Unbeaten Marshall, Manvel resume district football series," 17 Sep. 2019 There will be an unseasonably chilly start Thursday with lows in the 30s and lower 40s. courant.com, "Sunny skies and comfortable temperatures on Tuesday," 16 Sep. 2019 Bolanos made two starts after being called up from Double-A on Sept. 2. Kevin Acee, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Renfroe more than ready to stop being ‘miserable,’ start playing again," 16 Sep. 2019 Stefanik also made a combined 52 starts between two of NASCAR’s national series, Truck and Xfinity. Kelly Crandall, USA TODAY, "Former NASCAR champion driver Mike Stefanik dies in plane crash at 61," 16 Sep. 2019 Will make roughly $12 million in second season of four-year contract 2018-19 statistics: Averaged 15.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.40 blocks and 27.4 minutes in 72 games (all starts). Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Countdown to Portland Trail Blazers training camp: Jusuf Nurkic," 16 Sep. 2019 The injury comes at a bad time for the Steelers, who are off to a rare 0-2 start. New York Times, "Roethlisberger and Brees Injuries Deal Blows to Two Playoff Hopefuls," 16 Sep. 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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