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starter

noun start·er \ ˈstär-tər \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of starter

1 : a person who initiates or sets going: such as
a : an official who gives the signal to begin a race
b : one who dispatches vehicles
2 a : one that engages in a competition; especially : a member of a starting lineup
b : one that begins to engage in an activity or process
3 : one that causes something to begin operating: such as
a : a device for starting an engine; especially : an electric motor used to start an internal combustion engine
b : material containing microorganisms (such as yeast) used to induce a desired fermentation
4 : something that is the beginning of a process, activity, or series; especially : appetizer
for starters
: to begin with

Examples of starter in a Sentence

  1. The team is playing only five regular starters.

  2. The car's starter needs to be replaced.

Recent Examples of starter from the Web

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First Known Use of starter

1622


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starter

adjective

Definition of starter

: of, relating to, or being an item acquired with the expectation that a more elaborate or sophisticated model will be acquired in the future
  • a starter home

Recent Examples of starter from the Web

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First Known Use of starter

1923



STARTER Defined for English Language Learners

starter

noun

Definition of starter for English Language Learners

  • : a player, horse, etc., that is in a game or race at its beginning

  • : someone who gives the signal for a race to start

  • : a device that is used for starting an engine


starter

adjective

Definition of starter for English Language Learners

  • —used to describe something small or basic that you get when you are doing something for the first time


STARTER Defined for Kids

starter

noun start·er \ ˈstär-tər \

Definition of starter for Students

: someone or something that starts something or causes something else to start
  • a car's starter
  • There were seven starters in the race.


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