verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of start
Synonyms for start
Antonyms for start
Related Words for startoutset, dawn, kickoff, opening, break, chance, opportunity, lead, turn, issue, appear, launch, open, create, introduce, leave, initiate, found, inaugurate, establish
Examples from the Web for start
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 9, 2015
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
January 9, 2015
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
December 30, 2014
Historical Examples of start
I can tell by the way you start out—just like your pa fur all the world.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
But before you start to read let me explain what I intend to do.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Filled the water-cans, and got everything ready for a start to-morrow morning.
On the 23rd we were engaged making preparations for a start for Eucla.
All busy preparing for a start for the Head of the Bight to-morrow.
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