start
I. verb Etymology: Middle English sterten; akin to Middle High German sterzen to stand up stiffly, move quickly Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. a. to move suddenly and violently ; spring <
started angrily to his feet
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b. to react with a sudden brief involuntary movement <
started when a shot rang out
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2. a. to issue with sudden force <
blood starting from the wound
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b. to come into being, activity, or operation <
when does the movie start
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<
the rain started up again
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3. to protrude or seem to protrude <
eyes starting from their sockets
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4. to become loosened or forced out of place <
one of the planks has started
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5. a. to begin a course or journey <
started toward the door
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<
just starting out
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b. to range from a specified initial point <
the rates start at $10
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6. to begin an activity or undertaking; especially to begin work 7. to be a participant in a game or contest; especially to be in the starting lineup transitive verb 1. to cause to leave a place of concealment ; flush <
start a rabbit
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2. archaic startle, alarm 3. to bring up for consideration or discussion 4. to bring into being <
start a rumor
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5. to cause to become loosened or displaced 6. to begin the use of <
start a fresh loaf of bread
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7. a. to cause to move, act, or operate <
start the motor
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b. to cause to enter a game or contest; especially to put in the starting lineup c. to care for or train during the early stages of growth and development <
started plants
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<
a well-started coonhound
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8. to do or experience the first stages or actions of <
started studying music at the age of five
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Synonyms: see begin II. noun Date: 14th century 1. a. a sudden involuntary bodily movement or reaction <
woke with a start
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b. a brief and sudden action or movement c. a sudden capricious impulse or outburst 2. a beginning of movement, activity, or development <
a false start
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<
housing starts
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3. head start 4. a place of beginning 5. the act or an instance of being a competitor in a race or a member of a starting lineup in a game <
undefeated in six startsCurrent Biography
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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