1. [ verb ] take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
Synonyms: begin set_out commence start_out set_about get_down get

: "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"

Related terms: end get_cracking launch plunge get_to break_in embark attack jump_off auspicate come_on recommence strike_out fall begin beginning newcomer novice
2. [ verb ] set in motion, cause to start
Synonyms: begin commence lead_off

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

Related terms: end end set_off inaugurate jump-start recommence begin beginning beginning founder begin
3. [ verb ] leave
Synonyms: take_off set_off depart set_out start_out set_forth part

"The family took off for Florida"

Related terms: leave take_off roar_off blaze sally_forth spare departure loss takeoff departer
4. [ verb ] have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense
Synonyms: begin

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

Related terms: end terminate erupt break_out bud set_in dawn originate begin begin beginning beginning
5. [ verb ] bring into being
Synonyms: initiate originate

"He initiated a new program" "Start a foundation"

Related terms: make go_back lead_up set originate_in beginning newcomer initiation trigger originator
6. [ verb ] get off the ground
Synonyms: begin commence embark_on start_up

"Who started this company?" "We embarked on an exciting enterprise" "I start my day with a good breakfast" "The afternoon session begins at 4 PM" "The blood shed started when the partisans launched a surprise attack"

Related terms: begin initiate open inaugurate beginning beginning
7. [ noun ] the beginning of anything

"it was off to a good start"

Related terms: beginning onset menarche opener opening dawn kickoff flying_start thelarche alpha adrenarche racing_start begin begin originate begin
8. [ verb ] get going or set in motion
Synonyms: start_up

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

Related terms: stop restart jumpstart hot-wire crank startup
9. [ verb ] move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm
Synonyms: jump startle

"She startled when I walked into the room"

Related terms: move shy boggle rear_back startle
10. [ noun ] the time at which something is supposed to begin
Synonyms: beginning outset first kickoff showtime get-go offset starting_time commencement

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

Related terms: end middle point threshold birth incipiency terminus_a_quo begin begin originate inaugurate
11. [ verb ] begin or set in motion
Synonyms: get_going go

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

Related terms: stop go_on get_off_the_ground
12. [ verb ] begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job
Synonyms: take_up

"Take up a position" "start a new job"

Related terms: take_office beginning beginning
13. [ noun ] a turn to be a starter (in a game at the beginning)
Synonyms: starting

"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"

Related terms: turn
14. [ noun ] the act of starting something
Synonyms: beginning commencement

"he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"

Related terms: finish change_of_state constitution first_step debut installation kickoff initiation Creation inauguration resumption attack startup jumping-off_point icebreaker jump_ball groundbreaking face-off scrum housing_start accession attack occupation activation begin begin begin originate begin begin
15. [ noun ] (biology,medicine) a sudden involuntary movement
Synonyms: jump startle

: "he awoke with a start"

Related terms: reflex startle_response startle_reflex wince startle
16. [ verb ] (sport,games) play in the starting line-up, in team sports
Related terms: play sport
17. [ verb ] have a beginning characterized in some specified way
Synonyms: begin

"The novel begins with a murder" "My property begins with the three maple trees" "Her day begins with a work-out" "The semester begins with a convocation ceremony"

Related terms: be begin begin begin
18. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 19955
19. [ verb ] begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object
Synonyms: begin

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

Related terms: act begin
20. [ noun ] a signal to begin (as in a race)
Synonyms: starting_signal

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

Related terms: signal
21. [ noun ] a line indicating the location of the start of a race
Synonyms: starting_line
Related terms: line
22. [ noun ] advantage gained by an early start as in a race
Synonyms: head_start

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

Related terms: advantage
Similar spelling:   Stwart