start meaning

[ stɑ:t ] Pronunciation:   "start" in a sentence
Verb: start  staa(r)t
  1. Take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
    "Who will start?"
Noun: start  staa(r)t
  1. The beginning of anything
    "it was off to a good start" 
  2. The time at which something is supposed to begin
    "they got an early start"
    - beginning, commencement, first, outset, get-go, 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
    - 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: starting, started, starts

See also: starter

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 Start, Louisiana Start, LA

AmE / verb, noun



1 [no obj] (used with an adverb or a preposition)

to begin at a particular level:

Prices for the clothes start at about $100 and run into thousands.

2 [+ obj or no obj] start (sth/sb) (up)

to begin to exist; to make sth begin to exist:

There are a lot of small business starting up in the area.

They decided to start a catering business.

Who started you up in the music business?

START-UP See note at FOUND

3 [+ obj or no obj] start (out/off) (sth) (as sth)

to begin in a particular way that changes later:

She started as a secretary but ended up running the department.

The company started out with just 10 employees.

4 [+ obj or no obj]

when you start a machine or a vehicle or it starts, it begins to operate:

Just press this button to start the scanner.

FIT noun, HEAD noun


start out


to begin to do sth, especially in business or work:

to start out in business

He started out on his career in 1992.


to have a particular intention when you begin sth:

I started out to fix a bug but I ended up writing a new program.

start over (especially AmE)

to begin again:

I messed up the design so I had to start over.

start up; start sth up

to begin working, happening, etc.; to make sth do this:

My computer won't start up.

Start up the engine.




1 [C, usually sing.]

the point at which sth begins:

Things were looking bad at the start of the year.

The meeting got off to a good/bad start (= started well/badly).

The project was a disaster from start to finish.

2 [sing.]

the act or process of beginning sth:

We'd better make a start on these accounts.

I'd like to make an early start in the morning.

3 [C, usually sing.]

the opportunity that you are given to begin sth in a successful way:

The job gave him his start in publishing.

4 [C, usually pl.]

a business, project, etc. that has just begun:

Last year there were a large number of new business starts, and new business failures. START-UP

HEAD noun

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  1. he insisted that we should make a fresh start.
  2. i will start work again tomorrow morning.
  3. the balloons will start popping any minute now.
  4. right from the start i was on grandpa's side.
  5. we must pack up and get ready to start.

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