- start [stärt]vi.[ME sterten < OE styrtan & ON sterta, akin to Ger stürzen, to overthrow < IE * sterd- < base * (s)ter-, stiff, walk stiffly > STARE, STARVE, STORK]1. to make a sudden, involuntary or unexpected movement, as when surprised; jump, leap, jerk, etc. in a startled way2. to be displaced; become loose, warped, etc.3. to stick out or seem to stick out [eyes starting in fear]4.a) to begin to do something or go somewhere; go into action or motionb) to make or have a beginning; commence5. to be among the beginning entrants, as in a race; be a starter6. to spring into being, activity, view, or the likevt.1. to cause to jump or move suddenly; rouse or flush (game)2. to displace, loosen, warp, etc.3.a) to enter upon; begin to perform, play, do, etc.b) to cause or enable to begin; set into motion, action, or operation4. to introduce (a subject, topic, or discussion)5. to open and make the contents flow from (a receptacle); tap6.a) to give the starting signal for (a race) or to (the contestants in a race)b) to cause to be an entrant in a race, etc.c) to put (a player) into a game at the beginningd) to play in (a game) at the beginning: said of a player7. Now Chiefly Dial. to cause to start, or move involuntarily; startlen.1. a sudden, brief shock or fright; startled reaction2. a sudden, startled movement; jump, leap, jerk, etc.3. [pl.] sudden, usually brief bursts of activity: usually in the phrase by fits and starts4.a) a part that is loosened, warped, etc.b) a break or gap resulting from this5. a starting, or beginning; a getting into action or motion; commencement; specif., the fact of being part of the team that starts a game [a pitcher with 30 starts for the season]6.a) a place where, or a time when, a beginning is made, as in a race; starting point [ahead from the start]b) a lead or other advantage, as at the beginning of a race or contestc) a signal to begin, as in a race7. an opportunity of beginning or entering upon a career, etc.8. Archaic an outburst or fit, as of emotion, or a sally, as of witSYN.- BEGIN——————start a hareChiefly Brit. to initiate a topic of conversation——————☆ start into begin a task, activity, etc.——————start out or start off1. to start a journey2. to make a start on some course of action or procedure——————start somethingto cause a disturbance or trouble——————start up1. to rise up or stand suddenly, as in fright2. to come into being suddenly; spring up3. to cause (a motor, etc.) to begin running
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.