View synonyms for starting


[ stahr-ting ]


  1. being a price, amount, player lineup, etc., fixed at the beginning:

    If you get hired, what will your starting salary be?

  2. setting out on a course of action; taking the first steps in an activity:

    The idea of the frosh pub mingle is for you to meet your fellow starting students.

  3. coming to life, becoming active, or beginning to move:

    She listened for the sound of a starting car, but all was still.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of starting1

First recorded in 1810–15; start ( def ) + -ing 2( def )

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Example Sentences

The U.S. military is finally starting to train Iraqi troops to fight ISIS in restive Anbar province.

The memoir follows Oswalt from 1995 to 1999 as he was starting out on his comedy career in Los Angeles.

Starting under Theodore Roosevelt and Howard Taft, embassies headed by career diplomats increased in number.

If the ball goes off the screen, it teleports back to the starting position.

“I sense that mobile games are starting to shed their skin, getting rid of all the dead things they carry around,” he says.

“But the laws of Poloeland and those of Flatland are different,” said Amalatok, starting another objection.

But,” said the prime minister of Flatland, starting a difficulty, “who is to be greatest chief?

We have said it had been lightly laden at starting, which was the reason of the tremendous pace at which it travelled.

Starting in Dallas he received orders for one hundred forty-two copies the first day.

The idea of Robert starting off in such a ridiculously sudden and dramatic way!





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