|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|
: "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|
"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|
"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|
"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|
"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|
"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)|
"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"
|14.||[ noun ] the act of starting something|
"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|
: "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|
"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|
"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)|
"the starting signal was a green light" "the runners awaited the start"
|21.||[ noun ] a line indicating the location of the start of a race|
|22.||[ noun ] advantage gained by an early start as in a race|
: "with an hour's start he will be hard to catch"