verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- stars and bars,
- stars and stripes,
- stars in one's eyes, have,
- start codon,
- start from scratch,
- start in,
- start in on,
- start off
Origin of start
Examples from the Web for start
And not just sick in the body but in your mind, because you start obsessing.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Between 25 and 30, you’re trying to decide how much longer before you start growing a beard and calling yourself ‘Daddy.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic|Samantha Allen|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But maybe you have to start somewhere else — with Lamont Waltman Marvin, Monty, his father, the Chief, the old man.
So Marvin had the old showbiz glamour in his life from the start.
Just a week before the start of a new Congress, the new House majority whip is fighting for his political life.No. 3 Republican Admits Talking to White Supremacist Conference|Tim Mak|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the mention of the boy's sister, Ancrum looked up with a start.The History of David Grieve|Mrs. Humphry Ward
He ate his lunch, but did not need to start on the second trip until the middle of the afternoon.Freckles|Gene Stratton-Porter
Several attempts to start successful cat clubs in this country have been made.Concerning Cats|Helen M. Winslow
In short, we please those to whom we put them, when we start questions about those matters which their enemies hate to hear.Essays and Miscellanies|Plutarch
Before we start on the next phase of your life, I would like to go back a minute to your father.Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Word Origin for start
n acronym for
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.
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