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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
start /stɑrt/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. to establish or found:[+ object]to start a new business.
  4. to help (someone) set out on a journey, career, etc.:[+ object]His parents started him in show business.
  5. 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.

n. [countable]
  1. a beginning of an action, journey, etc.:Our business got off to a slow start.
  2. a place or time from which something begins:It's the start of the new season.
  3. the first part or beginning segment of anything:We missed the start of the show.
  4. a sudden, involuntary jerk of the body:awoke with a start.
  5. a lead or advance, as over competitors or pursuers:He had a two-hour start, but they soon caught up with him.
  6. a means of beginning or advancing something desired:Her parents gave them a start by buying them a house.
    See begin.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
start  (stärt),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. to begin or set out, as on a journey or activity.
  2. to appear or come suddenly into action, life, view, etc.;
    rise or issue suddenly forth.
  3. to spring, move, or dart suddenly from a position or place:The rabbit started from the bush.
  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, jump, or twitch, as from a shock of surprise, alarm, or pain:The sudden clap of thunder caused everyone to start.
  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.

  1. to set moving, going, or acting;
    to set in operation:to start an automobile; to start a fire.
  2. to establish or found:to start a new business.
  3. to begin work on:to start a book.
  4. 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.
  5. to cause or choose to be an entrant in a game or contest:He started his ace pitcher in the crucial game.
  6. to cause (an object) to work loose from place or fastenings.
  7. to rouse (game) from its lair or covert;
  8. to draw or discharge (liquid or other contents) from a vessel or container;
    empty (a container).
  9. [Archaic.]to cause to twitch, jump, or flinch involuntarily;

  1. a beginning of an action, journey, etc.
  2. a signal to move, proceed, or begin, as on a course or in a race.
  3. a place or time from which something begins.
  4. the first part or beginning segment of anything:The start of the book was good but the last half was dull.
  5. 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.
  6. a sudden, springing movement from a position.
  7. a sudden, involuntary jerking movement of the body:to awake with a start.
  8. a lead or advance of specified amount, as over competitors or pursuers.
  9. the position or advantage of one who starts first:The youngest child should have the start over the rest.
  10. 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.
  11. a spurt of activity.
  12. a starting of parts from their place or fastenings in a structure.
  13. the resulting break or opening.
  14. 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.
    • 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged end, terminate.

START  (stärt),USA pronunciation n. 
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  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    start /stɑːt/ vb
    1. 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
    2. 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
    3. (sometimes followed by up) to set or be set in motion: he started up the machine
    4. (intransitive) to make a sudden involuntary movement of one's body, from or as if from fright; jump
    5. (intr; sometimes followed by up, away, etc) to spring or jump suddenly from a position or place
    6. to establish or be established; set up: to start a business
    7. (transitive) to support (someone) in the first part of a venture, career, etc
    8. to work or cause to work loose
    9. to enter or be entered in a race
    10. (intransitive) to flow violently from a source: wine started from a hole in the cask
    11. (transitive) to rouse (game) from a hiding place, lair, etc
    12. (intransitive) (esp of eyes) to bulge; pop
    13. (intransitive) Brit informal to commence quarrelling or causing a disturbance
    14. to start within the first place
    1. the first or first part of a series of actions or operations, a journey, etc
    2. the place or time of starting, as of a race or performance
    3. a signal to proceed, as in a race
    4. 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
    5. a slight involuntary movement of the body, as through fright, surprise, etc: she gave a start as I entered
    6. an opportunity to enter a career, undertake a project, etc
    7. informal a surprising incident
    8. for a startin the first place

    See also start in, start offEtymology: Old English styrtan; related to Old Norse sterta to crease, Old High German sturzen to rush

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