Start - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |stɑːrt|  American pronunciation of the word start
Brit.  |stɑːt|  British pronunciation of the word start


- the beginning of anything
it was off to a good start
- the time at which something is supposed to begin (syn: beginning, commencement, first, kickoff, offset, outset)
they got an early start
- a turn to be a starter (in a game at the beginning) (syn: starting)
he got his start because one of the regular pitchers was in the hospital
his starting meant that the coach thought he was one of their best linemen
- a sudden involuntary movement (syn: jump, startle)
he awoke with a start
- the act of starting something (syn: beginning, commencement)
- a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game (syn: scratch)
- a signal to begin (as in a race)
the starting signal was a green light
the runners awaited the start
- the advantage gained by beginning early (as in a race)
with an hour's start he will be hard to catch


- take the first step or steps in carrying out an action (syn: begin, commence, get, get down, set about, set out, start out)
Who will start?
- set in motion, cause to start (syn: begin, commence, lead off)
The U.S. started a war in the Middle East
- leave (syn: depart, part, set forth, set off, set out, start out, take off)
- have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense (syn: begin)
Prices for these homes start at $250,000
- bring into being (syn: initiate, originate)
- get off the ground (syn: commence, start up)
Who started this company?
I start my day with a good breakfast
The blood shed started when the partisans launched a surprise attack
- move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm (syn: jump, startle)
She startled when I walked into the room
- get going or set in motion (syn: start up)
We simply could not start the engine
start up the computer
- begin or set in motion (syn: go)
I start at eight in the morning
- begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job (syn: take up)
start a new job
- play in the starting lineup
- have a beginning characterized in some specified way (syn: begin)
- begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object (syn: begin)
She started the soup while it was still hot
We started physics in 10th grade
- bulge outward (syn: bulge, come out, pop, pop out, protrude)

Extra examples

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.

For a start let's agree where we should meet.

He woke with a start.

He has never been in good shape in most of his previous starts.

You have no right to go there, to start with.

Jim started angrily to his feet.

Phrasal verbs

start out  — take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
start up  — get going or set in motion

Word forms

I/you/we/they: start
he/she/it: starts
present participle: starting
past tense: started
past participle: started
singular: start
plural: starts
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