[ stahrt ]
/ stɑrt /
verb (used without object)
to begin or set out, as on a journey or activity.
to appear or come suddenly into action, life, view, etc.; rise or issue suddenly forth.
to spring, move, or dart suddenly from a position or place: The rabbit started from the bush.
to be among the entrants in a race or the initial participants in a game or contest.
to give a sudden, involuntary jerk, jump, or twitch, as from a shock of surprise, alarm, or pain: The sudden clap of thunder caused everyone to start.
to protrude: eyes seeming to start from their sockets.
to spring, slip, or work loose from place or fastenings, as timbers or other structural parts.
verb (used with object)
to set moving, going, or acting; to set in operation: to start an automobile; to start a fire.
to establish or found: to start a new business.
to begin work on: to start a book.
to enable or help (someone) set out on a journey, a career, or the like: The record started the young singer on the road to stardom.
to cause or choose to be an entrant in a game or contest: He started his ace pitcher in the crucial game.
to cause (an object) to work loose from place or fastenings.
to rouse (game) from its lair or covert; flush.
to draw or discharge (liquid or other contents) from a vessel or container; empty (a container).
Archaic. to cause to twitch, jump, or flinch involuntarily; startle.
a beginning of an action, journey, etc.
a signal to move, proceed, or begin, as on a course or in a race.
a place or time from which something begins.
the first part or beginning segment of anything: The start of the book was good but the last half was dull.
an instance of being a participant in a race or an initial participant in a game or contest: The horse won his first two starts.
a sudden, springing movement from a position.
a sudden, involuntary jerking movement of the body: to awake with a start.
a lead or advance of specified amount, as over competitors or pursuers.
the position or advantage of one who starts first: The youngest child should have the start over the rest.
a chance, opportunity, aid, or encouragement given to one starting on a course or career: The bride's parents gave the couple a start by buying them a house.
a spurt of activity.
a starting of parts from their place or fastenings in a structure.
the resulting break or opening.
an outburst or sally, as of emotion, wit, or fancy.
Words nearby start
Origin of start
before 1150; (v.) Middle English sterten to rush out, leap (cognate with Middle High German sterzen); replacing Old English styrtan (attested once), cognate with German stürzen; (noun) Middle English stert(e) sudden jerk, leap, derivative of the v.
OTHER WORDS FROM start
mis·start, verbnon·start·ing, adjectivere·start, verb, nounun·start·ed, adjective
synonym study for start
10. See begin.
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British Dictionary definitions for misstart (1 of 2)
/ (stɑːt) /
to begin or cause to begin (something or to do something); come or cause to come into being, operation, etche started a quarrel; they started to work
(when intr , sometimes foll by on) to make or cause to make a beginning of (a process, series of actions, etc)they started on the project
(sometimes foll by up) to set or be set in motionhe started up the machine
(intr) to make a sudden involuntary movement of one's body, from or as if from fright; jump
(intr; sometimes foll by up, away, etc) to spring or jump suddenly from a position or place
to establish or be established; set upto start a business
(tr) to support (someone) in the first part of a venture, career, etc
to work or cause to work loose
to enter or be entered in a race
(intr) to flow violently from a sourcewine started from a hole in the cask
(tr) to rouse (game) from a hiding place, lair, etc
(intr) (esp of eyes) to bulge; pop
an archaic word for startle
(intr) British informal to commence quarrelling or causing a disturbance
to start with in the first place
the first or first part of a series of actions or operations, a journey, etc
the place or time of starting, as of a race or performance
a signal to proceed, as in a race
a lead or advantage, either in time or distance and usually of specified extent, in a competitive activityhe had an hour's start on me
a slight involuntary movement of the body, as through fright, surprise, etcshe gave a start as I entered
an opportunity to enter a career, undertake a project, etc
informal a surprising incident
a part that has come loose or been disengaged
by fits and starts spasmodically; without concerted effort
for a start in the first place
Word Origin for start
Old English styrtan; related to Old Norse sterta to crease, Old High German sturzen to rush
British Dictionary definitions for misstart (2 of 2)
/ (stɑːt) /
n acronym for
Strategic Arms Reduction Talks
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Idioms and Phrases with misstart
In addition to the idioms beginning with start
- start from scratch
- start in
- start in on
- start off
- start out
- start over
- start something
- start up
- false start
- fits and starts
- for openers (starters)
- (start) from scratch
- from soup to nuts (start to finish)
- get off the ground (to a flying start)
- head start
- running start
- to start with
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