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Verb: start  staa(r)t
  1. Take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
    "Who will start?";
    - get down, begin, get, start out, set about, set out, commence
  2. Set in motion, cause to start
    "The U.S. started a war in the Middle East";
    - begin, lead off, commence
  3. Head for somewhere else
    "The family started for Florida";
    - depart, part, start out, set forth, set off, set out, take off
  4. Have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense
    "Prices for these homes start at $250,000";
    - begin
  5. Bring into being
    "Start a foundation";
    - originate, initiate, father
  6. Get off the ground
    "Who started this company?"; "I start my day with a good breakfast"; "The blood shed started when the partisans launched a surprise attack"; "Who started up this company?";
    - start up, embark on, commence
  7. Move suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm
    - startle, jump
  8. Get going or set in motion
    "We simply could not start the engine"; "start up the computer";
    - start up
  9. Begin or set in motion
    "I start at eight in the morning";
    - go, get going
  10. Begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job
    "start a new job";
    - take up
  11. (sport) play in the starting lineup
  12. Have a beginning characterized in some specified way
    "The novel starts with a murder";
    - begin
  13. Begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object
    "She started the soup while it was still hot"; "We started physics in 10th grade";
    - begin
  14. Bulge outward
    "His eyes started";
    - protrude, pop, pop out, bulge, bulge out, bug out, come out
Noun: start  staa(r)t
  1. The beginning of anything
    "it was off to a good start"
  2. The time when something begins
    "they got an early start";
    - beginning, commencement, first, outset, get-go [N. Amer], kickoff, starting time, showtime, offset
  3. A turn to be a starter (in a game at the beginning)
    "he got his start because one of the regular pitchers was in the hospital";
    - starting
  4. A sudden involuntary movement
    "he awoke with a start";
    - startle, jump
  5. The act of starting something
    "he was responsible for the start of negotiations";
    - beginning, commencement
  6. A line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game
    - starting line, scratch, scratch line
  7. A signal to begin (as in a race)
    "the runners awaited the start";
    - starting signal
  8. The advantage gained by beginning early (as in a race)
    "with an hour's start he will be hard to catch";
    - head start

Derived forms: started, starts, starting

Type of: act, advantage, be, beginning, change form, change of state, change shape, create, deform, go away, go forth, inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, leave, line, make, move, physiological reaction, play, point, point in time, reflex, reflex action, reflex response, sign, signal, signaling [US], signalling, turn, unconditioned reflex, vantage

Antonym: finish, stop

Encyclopedia: Start, LA