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English noun: start

1. start (event) the beginning of anything

SamplesIt was off to a good start.

Broader (hypernym)beginning

Narrower (hyponym)adrenarche, alpha, curtain raising, dawn, flying start, kickoff, menarche, morning, oncoming, onset, opener, opening, opening night, racing start, running start, send-off, start-off, thelarche

2. start (time) the time at which something is supposed to begin

SamplesThey got an early start.
She knew from the get-go that he was the man for her.

Synonymsbeginning, commencement, first, get-go, kickoff, offset, outset, showtime, starting time

Broader (hypernym)point, point in time

Narrower (hyponym)birth, incipience, incipiency, starting point, terminus a quo, threshold

Antonymsend, ending, middle

3. start (act) a turn to be a starter (in a game at the beginning)

SamplesHe got his start because one of the regular pitchers was in the hospital.
His starting meant that the coach thought he was one of their best linemen.


Broader (hypernym)play, turn

4. start (act) a sudden involuntary movement

SamplesHe awoke with a start.

Synonymsjump, startle

Broader (hypernym)inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, physiological reaction, reflex, reflex action, reflex response, unconditioned reflex

Narrower (hyponym)flinch, Moro reflex, startle reaction, startle reflex, startle response, wince

5. start (act) the act of starting something

SamplesHe was responsible for the beginning of negotiations.

Synonymsbeginning, commencement

Broader (hypernym)change of state

Narrower (hyponym)activation, attack, constitution, creation, debut, entry, establishment, face-off, first appearance, first step, formation, foundation, founding, groundbreaking, groundbreaking ceremony, housing start, icebreaker, inauguration, initiation, initiative, innovation, installation, installing, installment, instalment, instauration, institution, introduction, introduction, jump ball, jumping-off point, kickoff, launching, opening, opening move, organisation, organization, origination, point of departure, recommencement, resumption, scrum, scrummage, springboard, startup, startup, tone-beginning, unveiling

Instance hyponymCreation

Antonymsfinishing, finish

6. start (location) a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game

Synonymsscratch, scratch line, starting line

Broader (hypernym)line

7. start (communication) a signal to begin (as in a race)

SamplesThe starting signal was a green light.
The runners awaited the start.

Synonymsstarting signal

Broader (hypernym)sign, signal, signaling

8. start (attribute) the advantage gained by beginning early (as in a race)

SamplesWith an hour's start he will be hard to catch.

Synonymshead start

Broader (hypernym)advantage, vantage

English verb: start

1. start (change) take the first step or steps in carrying out an action

SamplesWe began working at dawn.
Who will start?.
Get working as soon as the sun rises!.
The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia.
He began early in the day.
Let's get down to work now.

ExamplesThey start to move , They start moving

Synonymsbegin, commence, get, get down, set about, set out, start out

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Narrower (hyponym)attack, auspicate, bestir oneself, break in, come on, embark, enter, fall, get cracking, get going, get moving, get rolling, get started, get to, get weaving, jump off, launch, plunge, recommence, strike out

Verb groupbegin

Antonymsterminate, end

2. start (change) set in motion, cause to start

SamplesThe U.S. started a war in the Middle East.
The Iraqis began hostilities.
Begin a new chapter in your life.

Synonymsbegin, commence, lead off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)commence, embark on, inaugurate, introduce, jump-start, jumpstart, recommence, set off, start, start up, usher in

Causebegin, start

Verb groupbegin

Antonymsterminate, end

3. start (motion) leave

SamplesThe family took off for Florida.

ExamplesThese cars won't start

Synonymsdepart, part, set forth, set off, set out, start out, take off

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go away, go forth, leave

Narrower (hyponym)blaze, blaze out, lift off, roar off, sally forth, sally out, take off

4. start (stative) have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense

SamplesThe DMZ begins right over the hill.
The second movement begins after the Allegro.
Prices for these homes start at $250,000.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Something ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)break out, break out, bud, dawn, erupt, kick in, originate, set in

Verb groupbegin, begin, start

Antonymsend, cease, terminate, finish, stop

5. start (creation) bring into being

SamplesHe initiated a new program.
Start a foundation.

Synonymsinitiate, originate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create, make

Narrower (hyponym)date back, date from, go back, initiate, lead up, set

6. start (creation) get off the ground

SamplesWho started this company?.
We embarked on an exciting enterprise.
I start my day with a good breakfast.
We began the new semester.
The afternoon session begins at 4 PM.
The blood shed started when the partisans launched a surprise attack.

Synonymscommence, embark on, start up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)begin, commence, lead off, start

Narrower (hyponym)inaugurate, kick off, open

7. start (motion) move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm

SamplesShe startled when I walked into the room.

Synonymsjump, startle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)move

Narrower (hyponym)boggle, jackrabbit, rear back, shy

8. start (motion) get going or set in motion

SamplesWe simply could not start the engine.
Start up the computer.

Synonymsstart up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)crank, crank up, hot-wire, jump, jump-start, jumpstart, kick-start, re-start, restart

Causeget going, go, start


9. start (motion) begin or set in motion

SamplesI start at eight in the morning.
Ready, set, go!.

Synonymsget going, go

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)come on, come up, get off the ground, go on, take off

Antonymsstop, halt

10. start (social) begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job

SamplesTake up a position.
Start a new job.

Synonymstake up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)take office

11. start (competition) play in the starting lineup

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)play

Domain categoryathletics, sport

12. start (stative) have a beginning characterized in some specified way

SamplesThe novel begins with a murder.
My property begins with the three maple trees.
Her day begins with a workout.
The semester begins with a convocation ceremony.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)be

Verb groupbegin, begin, begin, start, start

13. start (social) begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object

SamplesBegin a cigar.
She started the soup while it was still hot.
We started physics in 10th grade.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)act, move

Verb groupbegin, start

14. start (motion) bulge outward

SamplesHis eyes popped.

Synonymsbug out, bulge, bulge out, come out, pop, pop out, protrude

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change form, change shape, deform

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