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start

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of start


start

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of start

  1. 1 to move suddenly and sharply (as in surprise) I started from my chair when I heard the sudden scream Synonyms of start bolt, jump, startle Words Related to start jerk, jolt, twitch; blench, cringe, flinch, quail, recoil, shrink, spook, squinch, wince; bound, leap, spring; react, respond

  2. 2 to be responsible for the creation and early operation or use of started the impressionist movement in art Synonyms of start begin, constitute, establish, inaugurate, initiate, innovate, institute, introduce, launch, pioneer, plant, set up, foundWords Related to start author, father, originate; conceive, concoct, contrive, cook (up), create, devise, fabricate, invent, make up, manufacture, produce, think (up); construct, put up; develop, enlarge, expand; endow, finance, fund, subsidize; arrange, organize, systematize, systemize; refound, reinitiate, reinstitute, relaunchNear Antonyms of start abolish, annihilate, annul, nullify; end, finish, halt, stop, terminate; round (off or out), wind up, wrap upAntonyms of start close (down), phase out, shut (up)

  3. 3 to cause to function trying to start the car on a frigid morning Synonyms of start actuate, crank (up), drive, move, run, set off, spark, activate, touch off, trigger, turn onWords Related to start kick over, turn over; charge, electrify, energize, fire, fuel, generate, power, push; discharge, launch, release, switch, trip; reactivate, recharge; arouse, excite, jump-start, kick-start, stimulate, vitalize; ignite, incite, instigate, provoke, quicken, stir up; accelerate, catalyze, speed (up), step upNear Antonyms of start arrest, brake, check, cut off, draw up, halt, jam, stall, stick, stop; decelerate, repress, slow, stunt, suppressAntonyms of start cut, cut out, deactivate, kill, shut off, turn off

  4. 4 to come into existence the fight started when one child tripped the other Synonyms of start actualize, appear, arise, break, commence, dawn, engender, form, materialize, originate, set in, spring, beginWords Related to start be, breathe, exist, live, subsist; arrive, come on, emerge; coalesce, cohere, shape (up); continue, endure, last, persist, surviveNear Antonyms of start conclude, desist, discontinue, finish, halt, quit, terminate; disappear, dissolve, evaporate, vanish; depart, die, expire, pass away, perishAntonyms of start cease, end, stop

  5. 5 to extend outward beyond a usual point frightened horses with starting eyes Synonyms of start bag, balloon, beetle, belly, billow, bunch, jut, overhang, poke, pooch [chiefly dialect], pouch, pout, project, protrude, stand out, bulge, stick out, swellWords Related to start dome; blow up, inflate; dilate, distend, expand; mushroom, snowball; elongate, extend, lengthen, stretchNear Antonyms of start compress, condense, constrict, contract, shrink

  6. 6 to take the first step in (a process or course of action) we'll be ready to start the concert in a moment Synonyms of start commence, embark (on or upon), enter (into or upon), fall (to), get off, kick off, launch, lead off, open, begin, strike (into)Words Related to start create, generate, inaugurate, initiate, innovate, invent, originate; adopt, embrace, take on, take up; establish, father, found, institute, organize, pioneer, set up, spawn; get around (to), get down (to), get round (to)Near Antonyms of start cease, desist, discontinue, halt, knock off, lay off, quit, stop; close, complete; abandon, forsake, leave; abolish, demolish, destroy, exterminate, extinguish, phase outAntonyms of start conclude, end, finish, terminate

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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