start


start
/stat / (say staht)

verb (i)
1. to begin to move, go, or act; set out, as on a journey.
2. to begin any course of action or procedure, as one's career, life, etc.
3. (of a process or performance) to begin.
4. to come suddenly into activity, life, view, etc.; come, rise, or issue suddenly.
5. to spring or move suddenly from a position or place: to start from one's seat.
6. to move with a sudden, involuntary jerk or twitch, as from a shock of surprise, alarm, or pain.
7. to protrude: eyes starting from their sockets.
8. to spring, slip, or work loose from place or fastenings, as timbers or other structural parts.
9. to be among the starters in a race, contest, or the like.
verb (t)
10. to set moving, going, or acting: to start an engine; to start a fire.
11. to set in operation; establish: to start a newspaper.
12. to enter upon or begin: to start a letter.
13. to cause or enable (a person, etc.) to set out on a journey, a course of action, a career, or the like: to start one's children in business.
14. to cause (timbers, structural parts, etc.) to start from place or fastenings.
15. to rouse (game) from its lair or resting place; flush.
16. to draw or discharge (liquid or other contents) from a vessel or container, or empty (a container).
17. to force (a screw, nail, or the like) into a surface a little way to give it a hold before driving.
noun
18. a beginning to move, go, or act; the beginning or outset of anything; a setting in motion.
19. an impulse to move or proceed; a signal to start, as on a course or in a race.
20. the place or point from which competitors in a race, travellers, or the like set out: Hobart was the start to our tour of Tasmania.
21. the first part of anything: the start of the article was good, but later it became unreadable.
22. a sudden, springing movement from a position.
23. a sudden, involuntary jerking movement of the body: to awake with a start.
24. a lead or advance of specified amount, as over competitors or pursuers.
25. the position or advantage of someone who starts first; the lead: she has got the start on the rest of us.
26. a chance or opportunity given to one of starting on a course or career.
27. a spurt of activity: to work by fits and starts.
28. a starting of parts from their place or fastenings in a structure.
29. the resulting condition.
30. Obsolete a burst, outburst, or sally, as of emotion, wit, or fancy.
phrase
31. for a start, Colloquial
a. in the first place.
b. to begin with.
32. in fits and starts, intermittently.
33. start in, Colloquial to commence: he started in to swear.
34. start into, Colloquial to begin to scold, reprimand, etc.
35. start off, to leave on a journey: they started off next morning.
36. start on, Colloquial to criticise, abuse: now don't start on me.
37. start out,
a. Also, start off. to leave on a journey.
b. to begin one's working life: he started out as a farmer.
c. to begin a sequence of events: she started out wanting blue curtains.
38. start up,
a. to initiate a business: they started up an oyster bar.
b. to sit or jump up in surprise, etc.: when the car outside backfired, she started up in alarm.
c. to start, especially an engine or machine: he was starting up the tractor; the computer won't start up.
{Middle English; Old English styrtan start, jump up}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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