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Definition 1: the act of starting something - [noun denoting act]

Samples where start or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations

Synonyms for start in the sense of this definition

(start is a kind of ...) the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics

(... is a kind of start ) a beginning that relaxes a tense or formal atmosphere

"he told jokes as an icebreaker"

(... is a kind of start ) the act of starting a new operation or practice

"he opposed the inauguration of fluoridation" "the startup of the new factory was delayed by strikes"

(... is a kind of start ) the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new

"she looked forward to her initiation as an adult" "the foundation of a new scientific society"

(... is a kind of start ) the act of installing something (as equipment)

"the telephone installation took only a few minutes"

(... is a kind of start ) (basketball) the way play begins or resumes when possession is disputed; an official tosses the ball up between two players who jump in an effort to tap it to a teammate

(... is a kind of start ) (football) a kick from the center of the field to start a football game or to resume it after a score

(... is a kind of start ) beginning again

(... is a kind of start ) (rugby) the method of beginning play in which the forwards of each team crouch side by side with locked arms; play starts when the ball is thrown in between them and the two sides compete for possession

(... is a kind of start ) the act of starting to construct a house

(... is a kind of start ) the ceremonial breaking of the ground to formally begin a construction project

(... is a kind of start ) a beginning from which an enterprise is launched

"he uses other people's ideas as a springboard for his own" "reality provides the jumping-off point for his illusions" "the point of departure of international comparison cannot be an institution but must be the function it carries out"

(... is a kind of start ) making active and effective (as a bomb)

(... is a kind of start ) a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase

(... is a kind of start ) the act of forming or establishing something

"the constitution of a PTA group last year" "it was the establishment of his reputation" "he still remembers the organization of the club"

(... is a kind of start ) the act of beginning something new

"they looked forward to the debut of their new product line"

(... is a kind of start ) (ice hockey) the method of starting play; a referee drops the puck between two opposing players

(... is a kind of start ) the first of a series of actions

(... is a kind of start ) the act of setting in operation

"repeated shutdowns and startups are expensive"

(... is an instance of start) (theology) God's act of bringing the universe into existence

Definition 2: a sudden involuntary movement - [noun denoting act]

Samples where start or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he awoke with a start

Synonyms for start in the sense of this definition

(start is a kind of ...) an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus

(... is a kind of start ) a complicated involuntary reaction to a sudden unexpected stimulus (especially a loud noise); involves flexion of most skeletal muscles and a variety of visceral reactions

(... is a kind of start ) a normal reflex of young infants; a sudden loud noise causes the child to stretch out the arms and flex the legs

(... is a kind of start ) a reflex response to sudden pain

Definition 3: a turn to be a starter (in a game at the beginning) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where start or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 for start in the sense of this definition

(start is a kind of ...) (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession

"it is my turn" "it is still my play"

Definition 4: the advantage gained by beginning early (as in a race) - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where start or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for start in the sense of this definition

(start is a kind of ...) the quality of having a superior or more favorable position

"the experience gave him the advantage over me"

Definition 5: a signal to begin (as in a race) - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where start or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the starting signal was a green light
  • the runners awaited the start

Synonyms for start in the sense of this definition

(start is a kind of ...) any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message

"signals from the boat suddenly stopped"

Definition 6: the beginning of anything - [noun denoting event]

Samples where start or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it was off to a good start

(start is a kind of ...) the event consisting of the start of something

"the beginning of the war"

(... is a kind of start ) a start given to contestants

"I was there with my parents at the kickoff"

(... is a kind of start ) the first performance (as of a theatrical production)

"the opening received good critical reviews"

(... is a kind of start ) the beginning of a series or sequence

"the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end"

(... is a kind of start ) the first event in a series

"she played Chopin for her opener" "the season's opener was a game against the Yankees"

(... is a kind of start ) a quick and auspicious beginning

(... is a kind of start ) the earliest period

"the dawn of civilization" "the morning of the world"

(... is a kind of start ) the beginning or early stages

"the onset of pneumonia"

(... is a kind of start ) the start of breast development in a woman at the beginning of puberty

(... is a kind of start ) the first occurrence of menstruation in a woman

(... is a kind of start ) the increase in activity of the adrenal glands just before puberty

(... is a kind of start ) the start of a race

Definition 7: a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game - [noun denoting location]

Synonyms for start in the sense of this definition

(start is a kind of ...) in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area

Definition 8: the time at which something is supposed to begin - [noun denoting time]

Samples where start or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they got an early start
  • she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her

Synonyms for start in the sense of this definition

(start is a kind of ...) an instant of time

"at that point I had to leave"

(... is a kind of start ) the time when something begins (especially life)

"they divorced after the birth of the child" "his election signaled the birth of a new age"

(... is a kind of start ) beginning to exist or to be apparent

"he placed the incipience of democratic faith at around 1850" "it is designed to arrest monopolies in their incipiency"

(... is a kind of start ) earliest limiting point

(... is a kind of start ) the starting point for a new state or experience

"on the threshold of manhood"

Definition 9: take the first step or steps in carrying out an action - [verb of change]

Samples where start or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 for start in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of start ) begin again

"we recommenced his reading after a short nap"

(... is a kind of start ) start to be active

"Get cracking, please!"

(... is a kind of start ) set out on (an enterprise or subject of study)

"she embarked upon a new career"

(... is a kind of start ) occur or become available

"water or electricity came on again after the earthquake"

(... is a kind of start ) begin with vigor

"He launched into a long diatribe" "She plunged into a dangerous adventure"

(... is a kind of start ) start in a certain activity, enterprise, or role

(... is a kind of start ) set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task

"I attacked the problem as soon as I got out of bed"

(... is a kind of start ) commence in a manner calculated to bring good luck

"They auspicated the trip with a bottle of champagne"

(... is a kind of start ) arrive at the point of

"She gets to fretting if I stay away from home too long"

(... is a kind of start ) set off quickly, usually with success

"The freshman jumped off to a good start in his math class"

(... is a kind of start ) begin vigorously

"The prisoners fell to work right away"

(... is a kind of start ) set out on a course of action

"He struck out on his own"

(start has a similar meaning as ...) begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language

"She began Russian at an early age" "We started French in fourth grade"

Definition 10: set in motion, cause to start - [verb of change]

Samples where start or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The U.S. started a war in the Middle East
  • The Iraqis began hostilities
  • begin a new chapter in your life

Synonyms for start in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of start ) start or re-start vigorously

"The Secretary of State intends to jumpstart the Middle East Peace Process"

(... is a kind of start ) cause to start anew

"The enemy recommenced hostilities after a few days of quiet"

(... is a kind of start ) be a precursor of

"The fall of the Berlin Wall ushered in the post-Cold War period"

(... is a kind of start ) set in motion or cause to begin

"The guide set the tour off to a good start"

(... is a kind of start ) 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"

(start causes ...) 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"

(start has a similar meaning as ...) have a beginning, of a temporal event

"WW II began in 1939 when Hitler marched into Poland" "The company's Asia tour begins next month"

Definition 11: play in the starting lineup - [verb of competition]

(start is a kind of ...) participate in games or sport

"We played hockey all afternoon" "play cards" "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches"

(start belongs to category ...) an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition

Definition 12: bring into being - [verb of creation]

Samples where start or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He initiated a new program
  • Start a foundation

Synonyms for start in the sense of this definition

(start is a kind of ...) make or cause to be or to become

"make a mess in one's office" "create a furor"

(... is a kind of start ) set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for

"Hitler's attack on Poland led up to World War II"

(... is a kind of start ) apply or start

"set fire to a building"

(... is a kind of start ) belong to an earlier time

"This story dates back 200 years"

Definition 13: get off the ground - [verb of creation]

Samples where start or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 for start in the sense of this definition

(start is a kind of ...) 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"

(... is a kind of start ) commence officially

(... is a kind of start ) begin or set in action, of meetings, speeches, recitals, etc.

"He opened the meeting with a long speech"

Definition 14: begin or set in motion - [verb of motion]

Samples where start or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for start in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of start ) start running, functioning, or operating

"the lights went on" "the computer came up"

(... is a kind of start ) get started or set in motion, used figuratively

"the project took a long time to get off the ground"

Definition 15: get going or set in motion - [verb of motion]

Samples where start or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We simply could not start the engine
  • start up the computer

Synonyms for start in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of start ) start (a motorcycle) by means of a kick starter

(... is a kind of start ) start (a car engine) without a key by bypassing the ignition interlock

"The woman who lost the car keys had to hot-wire her van"

(... is a kind of start ) start an engine again, for example

(... is a kind of start ) start by cranking

"crank up the engine"

(... is a kind of start ) start (a car engine whose battery is dead) by connecting it to another car's battery

(start causes ...) begin or set in motion

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

Definition 16: leave - [verb of motion]

Samples where start or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The family took off for Florida

Synonyms for start in the sense of this definition

(start is a kind of ...) go away from a place

"At what time does your train leave?" "She didn't leave until midnight" "The ship leaves at midnight"

(... is a kind of start ) depart from the ground

"The plane took off two hours late"

(... is a kind of start ) leave

"The car roared off into the fog"

(... is a kind of start ) move rapidly and as if blazing

"The spaceship blazed out into space"

(... is a kind of start ) set out in a sudden, energetic or violent manner

Definition 17: bulge outward - [verb of motion]

Samples where start or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • His eyes popped

Synonyms for start in the sense of this definition

(start is a kind of ...) assume a different shape or form

Definition 18: move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm - [verb of motion]

Samples where start or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She startled when I walked into the room

Synonyms for start in the sense of this definition

(start is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

(... is a kind of start ) start suddenly, as from fright

(... is a kind of start ) startle with amazement or fear

(... is a kind of start ) start with anger or resentment or in protest

(... is a kind of start ) go forward or start with a fast, sudden movement

Samples where start or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Take up a position
  • start a new job

Synonyms for start in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of start ) assume an office, duty, or title

"When will the new President take office?"

Samples where start or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • begin a cigar
  • She started the soup while it was still hot
  • We started physics in 10th grade

Synonyms for start in the sense of this definition

(start is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

(start has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Definition 21: have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense - [verb of stative]

Samples where start or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The DMZ begins right over the hill
  • The second movement begins after the Allegro
  • Prices for these homes start at $250,000

Synonyms for start in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of start ) start abruptly

"After 1989, peace broke out in the former East Bloc"

(... is a kind of start ) start to grow or develop

"a budding friendship"

(... is a kind of start ) begin suddenly and sometimes violently

"He broke out shouting"

(... is a kind of start ) enter a particular state

"Laziness set in" "After a few moments, the effects of the drug kicked in"

(... is a kind of start ) appear or develop

"The age of computers had dawned"

(... is a kind of start ) begin a trip at a certain point, as of a plane, train, bus, etc.

"The flight originates in Calcutta"

(start has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

(start has a similar meaning as ...) have a beginning, of a temporal event

"WW II began in 1939 when Hitler marched into Poland" "The company's Asia tour begins next month"

Definition 22: have a beginning characterized in some specified way - [verb of stative]

Samples where start or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for start in the sense of this definition

(start is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

(start has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

(start has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

(start has a similar meaning as ...) be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series

"The number `one' begins the sequence" "A terrible murder begins the novel" "The convocation ceremony officially begins the semester"

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