What is the meaning of start?


  • The beginning of anything.
    • usage: "it was off to a good start"
  • The time at which something is supposed to begin.
    • usage: "they got an early start"; "she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"
  • A turn to be a starter (in a game at the beginning. )
    • usage: "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"
  • A sudden involuntary movement.
    • usage: "he awoke with a start"
  • The act of starting something.
    • usage: "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"
  • A line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game.
  • A signal to begin (as in a race. )
    • usage: "the starting signal was a green light"; "the runners awaited the start"
  • The advantage gained by beginning early (as in a race. )
    • usage: "with an hour's start he will be hard to catch"


  • Take the first step or steps in carrying out an action.
    • usage: "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"
  • Set in motion, cause to start.
    • usage: "The U. S. Started a war in the Middle East"; "The Iraqis began hostilities"; "begin a new chapter in your life"
  • Leave.
    • usage: "The family took off for Florida"
  • Have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense.
    • usage: "The DMZ begins right over the hill"; "The second movement begins after the Allegro"; "Prices for these homes start at $250, 000"
  • Bring into being.
    • usage: "He initiated a new program"; "Start a foundation"
  • Get off the ground.
    • usage: "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"
  • Move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm.
    • usage: "She startled when I walked into the room"
  • Get going or set in motion.
    • usage: "We simply could not start the engine"; "start up the computer"
  • Begin or set in motion.
    • usage: "I start at eight in the morning"; "Ready, set, go"
  • Begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job.
    • usage: "Take up a position"; "start a new job"
  • Play in the starting lineup.
  • Have a beginning characterized in some specified way.
    • usage: "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"
  • Begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object.
    • usage: "begin a cigar"; "She started the soup while it was still hot"; "We started physics in 10th grade"
  • Bulge outward.
    • usage: "His eyes popped"
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APAWordNet. (2010). start. Retrieved September 26, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/start/definitions/1189637
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