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start

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start

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1 to move suddenly and sharply (as in surprise)

  • I started from my chair when I heard the sudden scream
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4 to come into existence

  • the fight started when one child tripped the other
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5 to extend outward beyond a usual point

  • frightened horses with starting eyes
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6 to take the first step in (a process or course of action)

  • we'll be ready to start the concert in a moment
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get going, get to, set about

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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


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