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[self-stahr-ter] /ˈsɛlfˈstɑr tər/
starter (def 3).
Informal. a person who begins work or undertakes a project on his or her own initiative, without needing to be told or encouraged to do so.
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self-starting, adjective Unabridged
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  • The distressing sound of a self-starter grappling in vain with a cold engine rang up from the yard below the window.
  • The candidate also should be well organized, a self-starter, and able to stay on top of multiple deadlines.
  • Independent self-starter available to work a varying schedule of evenings and weekends.
  • The ideal candidate will be a results-oriented problem solver and a motivated self-starter who can think outside the box.
  • The employee has demonstrated self-starter characteristics-proven record of personal motivation.
  • Must be a self-starter, show initiative and motivated.
  • Must be mature, self-starter, who works well with others and requires minimal supervision.
  • Candidate must be a self-starter and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Applicant must be a self-starter able to work with a minimum of supervision in a fast paced environment.
British Dictionary definitions for self-starter


the former name for a starter (sense 2)
a person who is strongly motivated and shows initiative, esp at work
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for self-starter

1894, of engines, 1960, of persons (especially workers), from self- + starter. Self-starting (adj.), of motors, is attested from 1866.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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