Definition of Start

1. Noun. The beginning of anything. "It was off to a good start"

2. Verb. Take the first step or steps in carrying out an action. "They start moving "; "Let's get down to work now"

3. Noun. The time at which something is supposed to begin. "She knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"
Exact synonyms: Beginning, Commencement, First, Get-go, Kickoff, Offset, Outset, Showtime, Starting Time
Specialized synonyms: Birth, Incipience, Incipiency, Starting Point, Terminus A Quo, Threshold
Generic synonyms: Point, Point In Time
Antonyms: End, Middle
Derivative terms: Kick Off

4. Verb. Set in motion, cause to start. "Begin a new chapter in your life"
Exact synonyms: Begin, Commence, Lead Off
Specialized synonyms: Jump-start, Jumpstart, Recommence, Inaugurate, Introduce, Usher In, Set Off, Commence, Embark On, Start Up
Causes: Begin
Related verbs: Begin
Derivative terms: Beginner, Beginning, Commencement
Antonyms: End

5. Verb. Leave. "These cars won't start "; "The family took off for Florida"

6. Noun. A turn to be a starter (in a game at the beginning). "His starting meant that the coach thought he was one of their best linemen"
Exact synonyms: Starting
Generic synonyms: Play, Turn

7. Verb. Have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense. "Prices for these homes start at $250,000"
Exact synonyms: Begin
Specialized synonyms: Break Out, Erupt, Bud, Break Out, Kick In, Set In, Dawn, Originate
Related verbs: Begin, Begin
Antonyms: End

8. Noun. A sudden involuntary movement. "He awoke with a start"

9. Verb. Bring into being. "Start a foundation"

10. Noun. The act of starting something. "He was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"

11. Verb. Get off the ground. "The blood shed started when the partisans launched a surprise attack"
Exact synonyms: Commence, Embark On, Start Up
Generic synonyms: Begin, Commence, Lead Off
Specialized synonyms: Inaugurate, Kick Off, Open
Derivative terms: Commencement, Startup

12. Noun. A line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game.
Exact synonyms: Scratch, Scratch Line, Starting Line
Generic synonyms: Line

13. Verb. Move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm. "She startled when I walked into the room"
Exact synonyms: Jump, Startle
Generic synonyms: Move
Specialized synonyms: Shy, Boggle, Rear Back, Jackrabbit
Derivative terms: Jump, Startle

14. Noun. A signal to begin (as in a race). "The runners awaited the start"
Exact synonyms: Starting Signal
Generic synonyms: Sign, Signal, Signaling

15. Verb. Get going or set in motion. "Start up the computer"
Exact synonyms: Start Up
Specialized synonyms: Kick-start, Hot-wire, Re-start, Restart, Crank, Crank Up, Jump, Jump-start, Jumpstart
Causes: Get Going, Go
Antonyms: Stop
Derivative terms: Startup

16. Noun. The advantage gained by beginning early (as in a race). "With an hour's start he will be hard to catch"
Exact synonyms: Head Start
Generic synonyms: Advantage, Vantage

17. Verb. Begin or set in motion. "Ready, set, go!"
Exact synonyms: Get Going, Go
Specialized synonyms: Come On, Come Up, Go On, Get Off The Ground, Take Off
Antonyms: Stop

18. Verb. Begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job. "Start a new job"
Exact synonyms: Take Up
Specialized synonyms: Take Office

19. Verb. Play in the starting lineup.
Category relationships: Athletics, Sport
Generic synonyms: Play
Derivative terms: Starting

20. Verb. Have a beginning characterized in some specified way. "The semester begins with a convocation ceremony"
Exact synonyms: Begin
Related verbs: Begin, Begin, Begin
Generic synonyms: Be

21. Verb. Begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object. "We started physics in 10th grade"
Exact synonyms: Begin
Generic synonyms: Act, Move
Related verbs: Begin

22. Verb. Bulge outward. "His eyes popped"

Definition of Start

1. v. i. To leap; to jump.

2. v. t. To cause to move suddenly; to disturb suddenly; to startle; to alarm; to rouse; to cause to flee or fly; as, the hounds started a fox.

3. n. The act of starting; a sudden spring, leap, or motion, caused by surprise, fear, pain, or the like; any sudden motion, or beginning of motion.

4. n. A tail, or anything projecting like a tail.

Definition of Start

1. Acronym. Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty ¹

2. Noun. A typical button for video games, with varying results. Often, it pauses a game, starts a game or chooses an option. ¹

3. Noun. The beginning of an activity. ¹

4. Noun. A sudden involuntary movement. ¹

5. Noun. The beginning point of a race. ¹

6. Noun. An appearance in a sports game from the beginning of the match. ¹

7. Noun. Short for start button; see also Start. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To set in motion. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To begin. ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To initiate a vehicle or machine. ¹

11. Verb. (transitive) To put or raise (a question, an objection); to put forward (a subject for discussion). ¹

12. Verb. (intransitive) To begin an activity. ¹

13. Verb. (intransitive) To jerk suddenly in surprise. ¹

14. Verb. (intransitive) To awaken suddenly. ¹

15. Verb. (intransitive) To break away, to come loose. ¹

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Definition of Start

1. to set out [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Start

stars in one's eyes
start (current term)
start codon
start codons
start off
start off on the wrong foot
start out
start over
start the ball rolling
start up

Literary usage of Start

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1905)
"ments with running start those with 3 cm. were made with the least practice. ... The average value with a running start of 0.5 cm. is the largest of those ..."

2. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (2001)
"The disposition of the groups at the start was fresh, and so was the treatment of the quarrel between Oberon and ..."

3. The South Pole: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the by Roald Amundsen (1913)
"Shall we start ?"—" Yes, of course. Let's be jogging on." There was only one opinion ... I don't believe Lindstrom even came out of doors to see us start. ..."

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