- 1. begin or be reckoned from a particular point in time or space: "the season starts in September" Similar Opposite
- ▪ embark on a continuing action or a new venture: "I started to chat to him" Similar Opposite
- ▪ use a particular point, action, or circumstance as an opening for a course of action: "the teacher can start by capitalizing on children's curiosity"
- ▪ begin to move or travel: "we started out into the snow" Similar Opposite
- ▪ begin to attend (an educational establishment) or engage in (an occupation, especially a profession): "she will start school today"
- ▪ cost at least a specified amount: "fees start at around $300"
- 2. (of event or process) happen or come into being: "the fire started in the building's upper floor" Similar Opposite
- ▪ cause (an event or process) to happen: "two men started the blaze that caused the explosion" Similar Opposite
- ▪ (of a machine or device) begin operating or being used: "what should I do if the engine won't start again?" Similar Opposite
- ▪ cause (a machine) to begin to work: "we had trouble starting the car" Similar Opposite
- ▪ cause or enable (someone or something) to begin doing or pursuing something: "his father started him in business"
- ▪ give a signal to (competitors) to start in a race.
- 3. give a small jump or make a sudden jerking movement from surprise or alarm: "“Oh my!” she said, starting" Similar
- ▪ move or appear suddenly: literary "she had seen Meg start suddenly from a thicket" Similar
- ▪ (of eyes) bulge so as to appear to burst out of their sockets: "his eyes started out of his head like a hare's"
- ▪ be displaced or displace by pressure or shrinkage: "the mortar in the joints had started"
- ▪ rouse (game) from its lair.
- 1. the point in time or space at which something has its origin; the beginning: "he takes over as chief executive at the start of next year" Similar
- ▪ the point or moment at which a race begins: "make sure you are not over the line at the start"
- ▪ an act of beginning to do or deal with something: "I can make a start on cleaning up"
- ▪ used to indicate that a useful initial contribution has been made but that more remains to be done: "if he would tell her who had put him up to it, it would be a start"
- ▪ a person's position or circumstances at the beginning of their life, especially a position of advantage: "she's anxious to give her baby the best start in life" Similar
- ▪ an advantage consisting in having set out in a race or on journey earlier than one's rivals or opponents: "he would have a ninety-minute start on them" Similar
- 2. a sudden movement of surprise or alarm: "she awoke with a start" Similar
Word Origin Old Englishstyrtan ‘to caper, leap’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch storten ‘push’ and German stürzen ‘fall headlong, fling’. From the sense ‘sudden movement’ arose the sense ‘initiation of movement, setting out on a journey’ and hence ‘beginning of a process, etc.’.
Scrabble Points: 5
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