Definitions for startstɑrt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to begin or set out, as on a journey or activity.

  2. to become active, manifest, or operative; appear, issue forth, or come to life, esp. suddenly or abruptly:

    The snowfall started at midnight. The engines started with a roar.

  3. to spring, move, or dart suddenly from a position or place.

  4. to be among the entrants in a race or the initial participants in a game or contest.

  5. to give a sudden, involuntary jerk or jump, as from shock or pain.

  6. to protrude:

    eyes seeming to start from their sockets.

  7. to spring, slip, or work loose from place or fastenings, as timbers or other structural parts.

  8. (v.t.)to set moving, going, or acting:

    to start a car; to start a fire.

  9. to establish or found:

    to start a new business.

  10. to begin work on:

    She's starting a new book.

  11. to enable or help (someone) set out on a journey, career, etc.

  12. to cause or choose to be an entrant in a game or contest:

    He started his new pitcher in the crucial game.

  13. to cause (an object) to work loose from place or fastenings.

  14. Archaic. to startle.

  15. (n.)a beginning of an action, journey, process, etc.

  16. a place or time from which something begins.

  17. the first part or beginning segment of anything:

    We missed the start of the show.

  18. a sudden, springing movement from a position.

  19. a sudden, involuntary jerk of the body.

  20. an instance of being an entrant in a race or an initial participant in a game or contest.

  21. a lead or advance, as over competitors or pursuers.

  22. a means of beginning or advancing something desired:

    Her parents gave them a start by buying them a house.

  23. a spurt of activity.

  24. a signal to move, proceed, or begin, as on a course or in a race.

* Syn: See begin.

Origin of start:

bef. 1150; (v.) ME sterten to rush out, leap; cf. OE styrtan, with same sense


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Princeton's WordNet

  1. start(noun)

    the beginning of anything

    "it was off to a good start"

  2. beginning, commencement, first, outset, get-go, start, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offset(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"

  3. start, starting(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"

  4. startle, jump, start(noun)

    a sudden involuntary movement

    "he awoke with a start"

  5. beginning, start, commencement(noun)

    the act of starting something

    "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"

  6. start, starting line, scratch, scratch line(noun)

    a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game

  7. starting signal, start(noun)

    a signal to begin (as in a race)

    "the starting signal was a green light"; "the runners awaited the start"

  8. start, head start(verb)

    the advantage gained by beginning early (as in a race)

    "with an hour's start he will be hard to catch"

  9. get down, begin, get, start out, start, set about, set out, commence(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"

  10. begin, lead off, start, commence(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"

  11. depart, part, start, start out, set forth, set off, set out, take off(verb)


    "The family took off for Florida"

  12. begin, start(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"

  13. originate, initiate, start(verb)

    bring into being

    "He initiated a new program"; "Start a foundation"

  14. start, start up, embark on, commence(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"

  15. startle, jump, start(verb)

    move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm

    "She startled when I walked into the room"

  16. start, start up(verb)

    get going or set in motion

    "We simply could not start the engine"; "start up the computer"

  17. start, go, get going(verb)

    begin or set in motion

    "I start at eight in the morning"; "Ready, set, go!"

  18. start, take up(verb)

    begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job

    "Take up a position"; "start a new job"

  19. start(verb)

    play in the starting lineup

  20. begin, start(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 workout"; "The semester begins with a convocation ceremony"

  21. begin, start(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"

  22. start, protrude, pop, pop out, bulge, bulge out, bug out, come out(verb)

    bulge outward

    "His eyes popped"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. start(verb)ɑrt

    to begin

    Everyone started talking at the same time.; The dog started to bark.; If we start now, we'll be done before lunch.; I start my new job next week.

  2. startɑrt

    to begin to happen

    It started to rain.

  3. startɑrt

    to begin a new thing

    I'm thinking of starting my own company.; She starts school next week.

  4. startɑrt

    to begin in a particular way

    He started his presentation with some statistics.; Eating a healthy breakfast is a good way to start the day.

  5. startɑrt

    (of a machine) to begin working, or to make it begin working

    I couldn't start the engine.; The lawnmower wouldn't start.

  6. startɑrt

    to begin

    Let's get started please.

  7. startɑrt

    at the beginning; = at first

    We'll have champagne to start with.

  8. startɑrt

    indicates your first point

    To start with, he's never on time.

  9. start(noun)ɑrt

    the beginning of a period of time or activity

    the start of the week; From the start, the vacation was a disaster.; an excellent start to the project; He dies right at the start of the story.

  10. startɑrt

    indicates your first point

    For a start, you shouldn't have left without telling me.

  11. startɑrt

    to begin

    We'll make a start on the housework.


  1. Start(Noun)

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

  2. Origin: The verb start, with initial uppercase letter.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Start(verb)

    to leap; to jump

  2. Start(verb)

    to move suddenly, as with a spring or leap, from surprise, pain, or other sudden feeling or emotion, or by a voluntary act

  3. Start(verb)

    to set out; to commence a course, as a race or journey; to begin; as, to start business

  4. Start(verb)

    to become somewhat displaced or loosened; as, a rivet or a seam may start under strain or pressure

  5. Start(verb)

    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

  6. Start(verb)

    to bring onto being or into view; to originate; to invent

  7. Start(verb)

    to cause to move or act; to set going, running, or flowing; as, to start a railway train; to start a mill; to start a stream of water; to start a rumor; to start a business

  8. Start(verb)

    to move suddenly from its place or position; to displace or loosen; to dislocate; as, to start a bone; the storm started the bolts in the vessel

  9. Start(verb)

    to pour out; to empty; to tap and begin drawing from; as, to start a water cask

  10. Start(noun)

    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

  11. Start(noun)

    a convulsive motion, twitch, or spasm; a spasmodic effort

  12. Start(noun)

    a sudden, unexpected movement; a sudden and capricious impulse; a sally; as, starts of fancy

  13. Start(noun)

    the beginning, as of a journey or a course of action; first motion from a place; act of setting out; the outset; -- opposed to finish

  14. Start(verb)

    a tail, or anything projecting like a tail

  15. Start(verb)

    the handle, or tail, of a plow; also, any long handle

  16. Start(verb)

    the curved or inclined front and bottom of a water-wheel bucket

  17. Start(verb)

    the arm, or level, of a gin, drawn around by a horse


  1. Start

    Start is Singaporean Mandopop artist Stefanie Sun's first Mandarin and English studio cover album. It was released on 1 February 2002 by Warner Music Taiwan. The album is a collection of 12 of Sun's and her fans' favourite songs.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'start' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #808

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'start' in Written Corpus Frequency: #287

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'start' in Nouns Frequency: #553

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'start' in Verbs Frequency: #49

Translations for start

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a sudden movement of the body

He gave a start of surprise.

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