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

This is when the mask's 3D3P Matrix really starts kicking in to help nourish and plump skin. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Rodan + Fields Just Launched a Fun Line of Face Masks For Every Complexion Concern," 15 May 2019 There are a few desserts that do start with Q, but most of them originate outside of America. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "What will Google call Android 10 Q?," 6 May 2019 When their relationship started, Law already had an extensive family, meaning that Coan has now become a stepmother to her husband's five kids. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jude Law’s New Wife, Phillipa Coan, Wants to Tackle Climate Change," 2 May 2019 The Healthy Food Financing Initiative was started in 2010 in an attempt to bring grocery stores and healthier options to food deserts. Jessica Booth, Redbook, "Everything You Need To Know About Food Deserts," 29 Apr. 2019 By the time the country reluctantly assented to some foreign assistance, the disaster had started to slip from the news. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Why disaster relief is so hard," 25 Mar. 2019 In something of an unlikely matchup, Church has designed his own Repetto shoes, which will be available exclusively at Opening Ceremony starting tomorrow. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Here’s How Patrick Church Turned a Simple Ballet Flat Into a Piece of Art," 17 Apr. 2019 Cultivate started by rescuing food from large catering companies and casinos in the area, aided by donations from the nearby University of Notre Dame. Teen Vogue, "Food Insecurity Among American Public School Students Requires Aid Beyond Free Lunch Programs," 16 Apr. 2019 It's rumored that the two dated from 2008 to 2011, starting their romance when Kylie was 12. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About All of Kylie Jenner's Ex-Boyfriends," 20 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The unofficial start of summer is the perfect time to rediscover your love for seafood. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "20+ Restaurants Open on Memorial Day That Your Family Will Love," 13 May 2019 The 11pm start time was a mere suggestion; KKW and her crew—Kanye, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Travis Scott, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Alexander Wang—arrived around one in the morning. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "All the Celebrities (Kim, Kanye, Bella, Gigi) Ended Their Night at This After-Party," 7 May 2019 Memorial Day is finally here which means barbecues, tons of sun, and the start of summer. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "45 Best Memorial Day Instagram Captions To Kick-Start Your Summer," 7 May 2019 The start of summer means more than clocking out early on Fridays: Coats are swapped out for dresses, sweaters for swimsuits, boots for sandals. Glamour, "Here's Your First Look at Target's Collaboration With Vineyard Vines," 26 Apr. 2019 Although this engine-start-by-explosion seems like an obsolete capability, B-52 bombers still have a nuclear mission and could end up on the flight line during a crisis, needing to take to their air in a hurry. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a B-52’s Engines Literally Explode Into Action With a “Cart Start”," 19 Apr. 2019 The start of a new month for many of us brings a new paycheck and new decisions as to what to spend it on. Allure, "The Best New Hair-Care Products Hitting Shelves in May," 1 May 2019 Broad measures of the freight market suggest demand has cooled off since the start of this year. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Old Dominion Will Continue With Pricing Strategy Despite Competition," 27 Apr. 2019 Libertine’s pieces have been keepers since the start. Vogue, "For Libertine’s Johnson Hartig, Home Is Where the Art Is," 26 Apr. 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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