WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
start /stɑrt/USA pronunciation
v. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to (cause to) begin;
commence: [no object]We'll start at dawn, if you can get up that early![~ + object]I started my current job in 1992.[~ + to + verb]The fir trees started to lose their needles.[~ + verb-ing]She started running when she saw him.
- to (cause to) come into being, movement, or operation: [no object]The trouble started when I couldn't get a job.[~ + object]The drivers started their engines with a roar.
- to establish or found:[~ + object]to start a new business.
- to help (someone) set out on a journey, career, etc.:[~ + object]His parents started him in show business.
- to give a sudden, uncontrolled jump, as from pain or surprise:[no object]He started when I tapped him on the shoulder to wake him up.
- a beginning of an action, journey, etc.:Our business got off to a slow start.
- a place or time from which something begins:It's the start of the new season.
- the first part or beginning segment of anything:We missed the start of the show.
- a sudden, involuntary jerk of the body:awoke with a start.
- a lead or advance, as over competitors or pursuers:He had a two-hour start, but they soon caught up with him.
- a means of beginning or advancing something desired:Her parents gave them a start by buying them a house.
(stärt),USA pronunciation v.i.
- to begin or set out, as on a journey or activity.
- to appear or come suddenly into action, life, view, etc.;
rise or issue suddenly forth.
- to spring, move, or dart suddenly from a position or place:The rabbit started from the bush.
- to be among the entrants in a race or the initial participants in a game or contest.
- to give a sudden, involuntary jerk, jump, or twitch, as from a shock of surprise, alarm, or pain:The sudden clap of thunder caused everyone to start.
- to protrude:eyes seeming to start from their sockets.
- to spring, slip, or work loose from place or fastenings, as timbers or other structural parts.
- to set moving, going, or acting;
to set in operation:to start an automobile; to start a fire.
- to establish or found:to start a new business.
- to begin work on:to start a book.
- to enable or help (someone) set out on a journey, a career, or the like:The record started the young singer on the road to stardom.
- to cause or choose to be an entrant in a game or contest:He started his ace pitcher in the crucial game.
- to cause (an object) to work loose from place or fastenings.
- to rouse (game) from its lair or covert;
- to draw or discharge (liquid or other contents) from a vessel or container;
empty (a container).
- [Archaic.]to cause to twitch, jump, or flinch involuntarily;
- a beginning of an action, journey, etc.
- a signal to move, proceed, or begin, as on a course or in a race.
- a place or time from which something begins.
- the first part or beginning segment of anything:The start of the book was good but the last half was dull.
- an instance of being a participant in a race or an initial participant in a game or contest:The horse won his first two starts.
- a sudden, springing movement from a position.
- a sudden, involuntary jerking movement of the body:to awake with a start.
- a lead or advance of specified amount, as over competitors or pursuers.
- the position or advantage of one who starts first:The youngest child should have the start over the rest.
- a chance, opportunity, aid, or encouragement given to one starting on a course or career:The bride's parents gave the couple a start by buying them a house.
- a spurt of activity.
- a starting of parts from their place or fastenings in a structure.
- the resulting break or opening.
- an outburst or sally, as of emotion, wit, or fancy.
- bef. 1150; (verb, verbal) Middle English sterten to rush out, leap (cognate with Middle High German sterzen); replacing Old English styrtan (attested once), cognate with German stürzen; (noun, nominal) Middle English stert(e) sudden jerk, leap, derivative of the verb, verbal
- 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged institute.
- 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See begin.
- 17.See corresponding entry in Unabridged commencement, onset.
- 23.See corresponding entry in Unabridged twitch, jump.
(stärt),USA pronunciation n.
GovernmentStrategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
- 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged end, terminate.
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start /stɑːt/ vb
- to begin or cause to begin (something or to do something); come or cause to come into being, operation, etc: he started a quarrel, they started to work
- when intr, sometimes followed by on: to make or cause to make a beginning of (a process, series of actions, etc): they started on the project
- (sometimes followed by up) to set or be set in motion: he started up the machine
- (intransitive) to make a sudden involuntary movement of one's body, from or as if from fright; jump
- (intr; sometimes followed by up, away, etc) to spring or jump suddenly from a position or place
- to establish or be established; set up: to start a business
- (transitive) to support (someone) in the first part of a venture, career, etc
- to work or cause to work loose
- to enter or be entered in a race
- (intransitive) to flow violently from a source: wine started from a hole in the cask
- (transitive) to rouse (game) from a hiding place, lair, etc
- (intransitive) (esp of eyes) to bulge; pop
- (intransitive) Brit informal to commence quarrelling or causing a disturbance
- to start with ⇒ in the first place
See also start in
- the first or first part of a series of actions or operations, a journey, etc
- the place or time of starting, as of a race or performance
- a signal to proceed, as in a race
- a lead or advantage, either in time or distance and usually of specified extent, in a competitive activity: he had an hour's start on me
- a slight involuntary movement of the body, as through fright, surprise, etc: she gave a start as I entered
- an opportunity to enter a career, undertake a project, etc
- informal a surprising incident
- for a start ⇒ in the first place
, start offEtymology: Old English styrtan; related to Old Norse sterta to crease, Old High German sturzen to rush
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