- 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.
- 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.
Origin of start
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Examples from the Web for restart
Still, his conviction will restart a House Ethics Committee investigation into his actions.The Felon Who Wouldn’t Leave Congress
Ben Jacobs, David Freedlander
December 23, 2014
The secretary would call and ask him to restart her terminal so that she could resume playing.The Intern Who Birthed The KAL007 Conspiracy Theories
September 8, 2014
“Sometimes it takes 30 minutes, sometimes five minutes, for the generator to restart and the power to come back on,” he told me.Power Shortages Hit Gaza Maternity Ward
July 24, 2014
But in a state threatening to restart the licensing process, they may be irrelevant.Weed Cops Blaze New Trail
Valerie Vande Panne
March 4, 2014
With no way to easily kill an app and restart it, I am forced to reset my console.Can I Lose Weight Playing Video Games?
January 14, 2014
State intervention is needed in order to restart the economy.After the Rain
Impossible to restart the whole of the creation for the sake of Norway.Norway
According to the people whom Jan questioned she looked sad certainly, but she was always willing to restart on her way.The Laughing Cavalier
When I was quite cool I again examined the spoor, determined to restart my line from there and use the trees as a base.Camp Fire Yarns of the Lost Legion
Loans were promised to the farmers to restart them in business, and a pledge was made that farms should not be taxed.The Great Boer War
Arthur Conan Doyle
- to start again
- the act or an instance of starting againthe restart of the lap
- (as modifier)a restart device
- 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
- Strategic Arms Reduction Talks
Word Origin and History for restart
Old English *steortian, *stiertan, Kentish variants of styrtan "to leap up" (related to starian "to stare"), from Proto-Germanic *sturtjan- (cf. Old Frisian stirta "to fall, tumble," Middle Dutch sterten, Dutch storten "to rush, fall," Old High German sturzen, German stürzen "to hurl, throw, plunge"), of unknown origin.
From "move or spring suddenly," sense evolved by late 14c. to "awaken suddenly, flinch or recoil in alarm," and 1660s to "cause to begin acting or operating." Meaning "begin to move, leave, depart" is from 1821. The connection is probably from sporting senses ("to force an animal from its lair," late 14c.).
Related: Started; starting. To start something "cause trouble" is 1917, American English colloquial. Starting block first recorded 1937.
late 14c., "a sudden movement," from start (v.); meaning "act of beginning to build a house" is from 1946. That of "opportunity at the beginning of a career or course of action" is from 1849. False start first attested 1850.
Idioms and Phrases with restart
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