verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. stars and bars,
  2. stars and stripes,
  3. stars in one's eyes, have,
  4. starship,
  5. starstruck,
  6. start codon,
  7. start from scratch,
  8. start in,
  9. start in on,
  10. start off

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.

Related forms

Synonym study

10. See begin. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for restart

British Dictionary definitions for restart


verb (riːˈstɑːt)

to start again

noun (ˈriːˌstɑːt)

  1. the act or an instance of starting againthe restart of the lap
  2. (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

Word Origin for start

Old English styrtan; related to Old Norse sterta to crease, Old High German sturzen to rush


n acronym for

Strategic Arms Reduction Talks
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Word Origin and History for restart
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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

also see:

  • 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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