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start

start

 
 
pronunciation:
start
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: started, starting, starts
definition 1: to begin activity or operation.
The engine started immediately.We have a lot to do, so we'd better start early.
antonyms:
halt, stop
similar words:
begin, enter, get, launch, lead, put
definition 2: to commence; be set into process; get underway.
The session starts at noon.
synonyms:
begin, commence
antonyms:
cease, conclude, end, finish, stop, terminate
similar words:
appear, dawn, develop, emerge, get, kick off, launch, lead, open, originate, rise, set in, spring, sprout, take effect
definition 3: to move or react suddenly or by reflex.
The cat started at the sound.
synonyms:
jump, spring
similar words:
bound, dart, dash, flinch, jerk, jolt, leap, react, recoil, shy, startle, twitch, wince
definition 4: to spring forth; appear suddenly.
The hare started from behind the bush.
synonyms:
burst, spring
similar words:
appear, emerge, gush, issue, pop, pour, spout, sprout, spurt, stream, well
definition 5: to appear to come out; protrude.
Her eyes started when his name was mentioned.
synonyms:
bulge, project, protrude
similar words:
extrude, jut out, pop, stick out, swell
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to set in motion; cause to begin.
Did you start the dishwasher?Who started the fight?The army started their campaign in the spring.
synonyms:
actuate, begin, commence, initiate
antonyms:
cease, conclude, end, halt, stop, terminate
similar words:
activate, approach, establish, foment, found, ignite, inaugurate, instigate, institute, introduce, kindle, launch, lead off, mount, pioneer, set about, undertake
definition 2: to cause to come into existence.
My grandfather started this business.They waited a few years to start a family.It was getting cold, so they started a fire.
synonyms:
begin, create, establish, found, initiate, originate
antonyms:
terminate
similar words:
cause, conceive, develop, engender, father, form, generate, institute, introduce, launch, mother, open, undertake
definition 3: to help (someone) begin a project, enterprise, or the like.
He started his brother in business.
synonyms:
establish, sponsor
similar words:
assist, back, finance, help, initiate, subsidize
definition 4: to begin the first steps or stages of.
He hasn't started his homework yet.I started making dinner at five o'clock.She started to speak but then forgot what she was planning to say.
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the commencement of something; beginning.
We're looking forward to the start of summer.He was still trying to remember his lines at the start of the play.
synonyms:
beginning, commencement, origin
antonyms:
cessation, demise, end, finish, stop, stoppage, termination
similar words:
first, genesis, germ, inception, morning, onset, outset
definition 2: a quick, sudden, or involuntary movement.
The siren made him sit up with a start.
synonyms:
jerk, jump
similar words:
shy, startle
definition 3: the place or time something begins.
The work was done all wrong, and now we have to go back to the start.
synonyms:
beginning, origin
antonyms:
end, termination
definition 4: help or an opportunity provided to one pursuing some goal or activity.
She gave me my start in show business.
synonyms:
head start, help, support
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