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Dictionary definition for: Start

1. (v) take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; "We 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"

2. (n) the beginning of anything; "it was off to a good start"

3. (v) set in motion, cause to start; "The U.S. started a war in the Middle East" "The Iraqis began hostilities" "begin a new chapter in your life"

4. (n) the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got an early start" "she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"

5. (n) a turn to be a starter (in a game at the beginning) "he 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"

6. (v) leave; "The family took off for Florida"

7. (n) a sudden involuntary movement; "he awoke with a start"

8. (v) have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense; "The DMZ begins right over the hill" "The second movement begins after the Allegro" "Prices for these homes start at $250,000"

9. (n) the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"

10. (v) bring into being; "He initiated a new program" "Start a foundation"

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

12. (v) get off the ground; "Who 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 su

13. (n) a signal to begin (as in a race) "the starting signal was a green light" "the runners awaited the start"

14. (v) move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm; "She startled when I walked into the room"

15. (n) advantage gained by an early start as in a race; "with an hour''s start he will be hard to catch"

16. (v) get going or set in motion; "We simply could not start the engine" "start up the computer"

17. (v) begin or set in motion; "I start at eight in the morning" "Ready, set, go!"

18. (v) begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job; "Take up a position" "start a new job"

19. (v) play in the starting line-up

20. (v) have a beginning characterized in some specified way; "The novel begins with a murder" "My property begins with the three maple trees" "Her day begins with a work-out" "The semester begins with a convocation ceremony"

21. (v) begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object; "begin a cigar" "She started the soup while it was still hot" "We started physics in 10th grade"

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