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Definition:

  1. [noun] the beginning of anything; "it was off to a good start"

  2. [noun] the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got an early start"; "she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"
    Synonyms: beginning, commencement, first, outset, get-go, kickoff, ing time, showtime, offset

  3. [noun] 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"; "his starting meant that the coach thought he was one of their best linemen"
    Synonyms: ing

  4. [noun] a sudden involuntary movement; "he awoke with a start"
    Synonyms: le, jump

  5. [noun] the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"
    Synonyms: beginning, commencement

  6. [noun] a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game
    Synonyms: ing line

  7. [noun] a signal to begin (as in a race); "the starting signal was a green light"; "the runners awaited the start"
    Synonyms: ing signal

  8. [noun] advantage gained by an early start as in a race; "with an hour's start he will be hard to catch"
    Synonyms: head

  9. [verb] take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; "We began working at dawn"; "Who will start?"; "Get working as soon as the sun rises!"; "The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia"; "He began early in the day"; "Let's get down to work now"
    Synonyms: get down, begin, get, out, set about, set out, commence

  10. [verb] set in motion, cause to start; "The U.S. started a war in the Middle East"; "The Iraqis began hostilities"; "begin a new chapter in your life"
    Synonyms: begin, lead off, commence

  11. [verb] leave; "The family took off for Florida"
    Synonyms: depart, part, out, set forth, set off, set out, take off

  12. [verb] have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense; "The DMZ begins right over the hill"; "The second movement begins after the Allegro"; "Prices for these homes start at $250,000"
    Synonyms: begin

  13. [verb] bring into being; "He initiated a new program"; "Start a foundation"
    Synonyms: originate, initiate

  14. [verb] get off the ground; "Who started this company?"; "We embarked on an exciting enterprise"; "I start my day with a good breakfast"; "We began the new semester"; "The afternoon session begins at 4 PM"; "The blood shed started when the partisans launched a surprise attack"
    Synonyms: up, embark on, commence

  15. [verb] move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm; "She startled when I walked into the room"
    Synonyms: le, jump

  16. [verb] get going or set in motion; "We simply could not start the engine"; "start up the computer"
    Synonyms: up

  17. [verb] begin or set in motion; "I start at eight in the morning"; "Ready, set, go!"
    Synonyms: go, get going

  18. [verb] begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job; "Take up a position"; "start a new job"
    Synonyms: take up

  19. [verb] play in the starting line-up

  20. [verb] have a beginning characterized in some specified way; "The novel begins with a murder"; "My property begins with the three maple trees"; "Her day begins with a work-out"; "The semester begins with a convocation ceremony"
    Synonyms: begin

  21. [verb] begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object; "begin a cigar"; "She started the soup while it was still hot"; "We started physics in 10th grade"
    Synonyms: begin

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