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start

[stahrt] /stɑrt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to begin or set out, as on a journey or activity.
2.
to appear or come suddenly into action, life, view, etc.; rise or issue suddenly forth.
3.
to spring, move, or dart suddenly from a position or place:
The rabbit started from the bush.
4.
to be among the entrants in a race or the initial participants in a game or contest.
5.
to give a sudden, involuntary jerk, jump, or twitch, as from a shock of surprise, alarm, or pain:
The sudden clap of thunder caused everyone to start.
6.
to protrude:
eyes seeming to start from their sockets.
7.
to spring, slip, or work loose from place or fastenings, as timbers or other structural parts.
verb (used with object)
8.
to set moving, going, or acting; to set in operation:
to start an automobile; to start a fire.
9.
to establish or found:
to start a new business.
10.
to begin work on:
to start a book.
11.
to enable or help (someone) set out on a journey, a career, or the like:
The record started the young singer on the road to stardom.
12.
to cause or choose to be an entrant in a game or contest:
He started his ace pitcher in the crucial game.
13.
to cause (an object) to work loose from place or fastenings.
14.
to rouse (game) from its lair or covert; flush.
15.
to draw or discharge (liquid or other contents) from a vessel or container; empty (a container).
16.
Archaic. to cause to twitch, jump, or flinch involuntarily; startle.
noun
17.
a beginning of an action, journey, etc.
18.
a signal to move, proceed, or begin, as on a course or in a race.
19.
a place or time from which something begins.
20.
the first part or beginning segment of anything:
The start of the book was good but the last half was dull.
21.
an instance of being a participant in a race or an initial participant in a game or contest:
The horse won his first two starts.
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 one who starts first:
The youngest child should have the start over the rest.
26.
a chance, opportunity, aid, or encouragement given to one starting on a course or career:
The bride's parents gave the couple a start by buying them a house.
27.
a spurt of activity.
28.
a starting of parts from their place or fastenings in a structure.
29.
the resulting break or opening.
30.
an outburst or sally, as of emotion, wit, or fancy.
Origin
1150
before 1150; (v.) Middle English sterten to rush out, leap (cognate with Middle High German sterzen); replacing Old English styrtan (attested once), cognate with German stürzen; (noun) Middle English stert(e) sudden jerk, leap, derivative of the v.
Related forms
misstart, verb
nonstarting, adjective
restart, verb, noun
unstarted, adjective
unstarting, adjective
Synonyms
9. institute. 10. See begin. 17. commencement, onset. 23. twitch, jump.
Antonyms
10. end, terminate.
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Examples for started
  • Eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes started from seed take about eight weeks to develop seedlings ready for transplanting.
  • In spring, it provides an ideal environment for hardening off annual flower and vegetable seedlings started indoors.
  • Beans and sunflowers were started from seed, following package instructions.
  • Once they are started, the middle goes smoothly enough, until they face the difficulty of the end.
  • The two started to walk back along the road toward town.
  • Then the shoes started to follow her everywhere she went online.
  • And then the music started, and you closed your eyes and floated away.
  • As plants started to grow nearby, they would release pollen into the air.
  • However, he managed to tip the chair over whereupon all the defendants got up and started fighting with the marshals.
  • The workers started by filling metal frames-each measuring ten square feet-with bottles encased between sheets of chicken wire.
British Dictionary definitions for started

start

/stɑːt/
verb
1.
to begin or cause to begin (something or to do something); come or cause to come into being, operation, etc he started a quarrel, they started to work
2.
when intr, sometimes foll by on. to make or cause to make a beginning of (a process, series of actions, etc) they started on the project
3.
(sometimes foll by up) to set or be set in motion he started up the machine
4.
(intransitive) to make a sudden involuntary movement of one's body, from or as if from fright; jump
5.
(intransitive; sometimes foll by up, away, etc) to spring or jump suddenly from a position or place
6.
to establish or be established; set up to start a business
7.
(transitive) to support (someone) in the first part of a venture, career, etc
8.
to work or cause to work loose
9.
to enter or be entered in a race
10.
(intransitive) to flow violently from a source wine started from a hole in the cask
11.
(transitive) to rouse (game) from a hiding place, lair, etc
12.
(intransitive) (esp of eyes) to bulge; pop
13.
an archaic word for startle
14.
(intransitive) (Brit, informal) to commence quarrelling or causing a disturbance
15.
to start with, in the first place
noun
16.
the first or first part of a series of actions or operations, a journey, etc
17.
the place or time of starting, as of a race or performance
18.
a signal to proceed, as in a race
19.
a lead or advantage, either in time or distance and usually of specified extent, in a competitive activity he had an hour's start on me
20.
a slight involuntary movement of the body, as through fright, surprise, etc she gave a start as I entered
21.
an opportunity to enter a career, undertake a project, etc
22.
(informal) a surprising incident
23.
a part that has come loose or been disengaged
24.
by fits and starts, spasmodically; without concerted effort
25.
for a start, in the first place
Word Origin
Old English styrtan; related to Old Norse sterta to crease, Old High German sturzen to rush

START

/stɑːt/
noun acronym
1.
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Word Origin and History for started

start

v.

Old English *steortian, *stiertan, Kentish variants of styrtan "to leap up" (related to starian "to stare"), from Proto-Germanic *sturtjan- (cf. Old Frisian stirta "to fall, tumble," Middle Dutch sterten, Dutch storten "to rush, fall," Old High German sturzen, German stürzen "to hurl, throw, plunge"), of unknown origin.

From "move or spring suddenly," sense evolved by late 14c. to "awaken suddenly, flinch or recoil in alarm," and 1660s to "cause to begin acting or operating." Meaning "begin to move, leave, depart" is from 1821. The connection is probably from sporting senses ("to force an animal from its lair," late 14c.).

Related: Started; starting. To start something "cause trouble" is 1917, American English colloquial. Starting block first recorded 1937.

n.

late 14c., "a sudden movement," from start (v.); meaning "act of beginning to build a house" is from 1946. That of "opportunity at the beginning of a career or course of action" is from 1849. False start first attested 1850.

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