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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.


Synonymsstarting


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.


Synonymsbegin


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


Antonymsstop

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.


Synonymsbegin


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.


Synonymsbegin


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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