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start as in the beginning of anything
  • "it was off to a good start"
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start as in 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"

Synonyms

  • beginning serving to begin; the event consisting of the start of something; the time at which something is supposed to begin; the first part or section of something; the place where something begins, where it springs into being; the act of starting something
  • commencement the time at which something is supposed to begin; an academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred ; the act of starting something
  • first before anything else; the initial time; before another in time, space, or importance; prominently forward; preceding all others in time or space or degree; indicating the beginning unit in a series ; serving to set in motion; serving to begin; ranking above all others; highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections; the first or highest in an ordering or series; the first element in a countable series; the time at which something is supposed to begin; the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed at first of the bases in the infield (counting counterclockwise from home plate) ; an honours degree of the highest class ; the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle
  • outset the time at which something is supposed to begin
  • get-go the time at which something is supposed to begin
  • kickoff (football) a kick from the center of the field to start a football game or to resume it after a score ; the time at which something is supposed to begin; a start given to contestants
  • starting time the time at which something is supposed to begin
  • showtime the time at which something is supposed to begin
  • offset compensate for or counterbalance; make up for; cause (printed matter) to transfer or smear onto another surface ; create an offset in; produce by offset printing; the time at which something is supposed to begin; a compensating equivalent ; a horizontal branch from the base of plant that produces new plants from buds at its tips ; a natural consequence of development ; a plate makes an inked impression on a rubber-blanketed cylinder, which in turn transfers it to the paper ; structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly
start as in 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"

Synonyms

  • starting a turn to be a starter (in a game at the beginning); (especially of eyes) bulging or protruding as with fear; appropriate to the beginning or start of an event
start as in a sudden involuntary movement
  • "he awoke with a start"

Synonyms

  • startle a sudden involuntary movement; to stimulate to action; move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm
  • jump a sudden and decisive increase; an abrupt transition; (film) an abrupt transition from one scene to another ; a sudden involuntary movement; descent with a parachute; the act of jumping; move forward by leaps and bounds; move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm; make a sudden physical attack on; increase suddenly and significantly; be highly noticeable ; enter eagerly into; rise in rank or status; jump down from an elevated point; run off or leave the rails; jump from an airplane and descend with a parachute ; cause to jump or leap; start (a car engine whose battery is dead) by connecting it to another car's battery ; bypass; pass abruptly from one state or topic to another; go back and forth
start as in the act of starting something
  • "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"

Synonyms

  • beginning serving to begin; the event consisting of the start of something; the time at which something is supposed to begin; the first part or section of something; the place where something begins, where it springs into being; the act of starting something
  • commencement the time at which something is supposed to begin; an academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred ; the act of starting something
start as in a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game

    Synonyms

    • starting line a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game
    • scratch cause friction; cut the surface of; scrape or rub as if to relieve itching; postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled; remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line; gather (money or other resources) together over time; carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface; an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off ; a depression scratched or carved into a surface ; informal terms for money ; a competitor who has withdrawn from competition ; a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game ; dry mash for poultry ; a harsh noise made by scraping; poor handwriting ; (golf) a handicap of zero strokes; an indication of damage
    • scratch line a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game
    start as in a signal to begin (as in a race)
    • "the starting signal was a green light"
    • "the runners awaited the start"

    Synonyms

    • starting signal a signal to begin (as in a race)
    start as in the advantage gained by beginning early (as in a race)
    • "with an hour's start he will be hard to catch"

    Synonyms

    • head start the advantage gained by beginning early (as in a race)
    start as in 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"

    Synonyms

    • get down lower (one's body) as by kneeling; move something or somebody to a lower position; alight from (a horse) ; pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking; lower someone's spirits; put down in writing; take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
    • begin Israeli statesman (born in Russia) who (as prime minister of Israel) negotiated a peace treaty with Anwar Sadat (then the president of Egypt) (1913-1992) ; take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense; set in motion, cause to start; begin to speak or say; be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series; have a beginning, of a temporal event; have a beginning characterized in some specified way; begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object; achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative; begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language
    • get a return on a shot that seemed impossible to reach and would normally have resulted in a point for the opponent ; come into the possession of something concrete or abstract; enter or assume a certain state or condition; cause to move; receive a specified treatment (abstract); reach a destination; go or come after and bring or take back; go through (mental or physical states or experiences); take vengeance on or get even; achieve a point or goal; cause to do; succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase; come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes); be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; communicate with a place or person; give certain properties to something; move into a desired direction of discourse; grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of; attract and fix; reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot; reach by calculation; acquire as a result of some effort or action; purchase; perceive by hearing; suffer from the receipt of; receive as a retribution or punishment; leave immediately; reach and board; irritate; evoke an emotional response; apprehend and reproduce accurately; earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher; overcome or destroy; be a mystery or bewildering to; take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; undergo (as of injuries and illnesses); make (offspring) by reproduction
    • start out take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; leave
    • set about begin to deal with; enter upon an activity or enterprise ; take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
    • set out take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; lay out orderly or logically in a line or as if in a line; leave
    • commence take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; set in motion, cause to start; get off the ground
    start as in 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"

    Synonyms

    • begin Israeli statesman (born in Russia) who (as prime minister of Israel) negotiated a peace treaty with Anwar Sadat (then the president of Egypt) (1913-1992) ; take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense; set in motion, cause to start; begin to speak or say; be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series; have a beginning, of a temporal event; have a beginning characterized in some specified way; begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object; achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative; begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language
    • lead off teach immoral behavior to; set in motion, cause to start
    • commence take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; set in motion, cause to start; get off the ground
    start as in leave
    • "The family took off for Florida"

    Synonyms

    • depart move away from a place into another direction; be at variance with; leave; go away or leave ; remove oneself from an association with or participation in; wander from a direct or straight course
    • part to some extent; go one's own way; discontinue an association or relation; leave; come apart; force, take, or pull apart; something determined in relation to something that includes it; something less than the whole of a human artifact; a portion of a natural object; that which concerns a person with regard to a particular role or situation; the extended spatial location of something; the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group; an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group; one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole; a line of scalp that can be seen when sections of hair are combed in opposite directions; the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music; the effort contributed by a person in bringing about a result; an item that is an instance of some type
    • start out take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; leave
    • set forth state; leave
    • set off put in motion or move to act; leave; direct attention to, as if by means of contrast; cause to burst with a violent release of energy; make up for; set in motion or cause to begin; provoke or stir up
    • set out take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; lay out orderly or logically in a line or as if in a line; leave
    • take off leave; take away or remove; depart from the ground; take time off from work; mimic or imitate in an amusing or satirical manner; remove clothes; get started or set in motion, used figuratively; prove fatal; make a subtraction
    start as in 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"

    Synonyms

    • begin Israeli statesman (born in Russia) who (as prime minister of Israel) negotiated a peace treaty with Anwar Sadat (then the president of Egypt) (1913-1992) ; take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense; set in motion, cause to start; begin to speak or say; be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series; have a beginning, of a temporal event; have a beginning characterized in some specified way; begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object; achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative; begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language
    start as in bring into being
    • "He initiated a new program"
    • "Start a foundation"

    Synonyms

    • originate come into existence; bring into being; begin a trip at a certain point, as of a plane, train, bus, etc.
    • initiate someone new to a field or activity ; someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field ; people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity; bring into being; take the lead or initiative in; accept people into an exclusive society or group, usually with some rite; bring up a topic for discussion ; set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for
    start as in 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 surprise attack"

    Synonyms

    • start up get going or set in motion; get off the ground
    • embark on get off the ground
    • commence take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; set in motion, cause to start; get off the ground
    start as in move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm
    • "She startled when I walked into the room"

    Synonyms

    • startle a sudden involuntary movement; to stimulate to action; move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm
    • jump a sudden and decisive increase; an abrupt transition; (film) an abrupt transition from one scene to another ; a sudden involuntary movement; descent with a parachute; the act of jumping; move forward by leaps and bounds; move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm; make a sudden physical attack on; increase suddenly and significantly; be highly noticeable ; enter eagerly into; rise in rank or status; jump down from an elevated point; run off or leave the rails; jump from an airplane and descend with a parachute ; cause to jump or leap; start (a car engine whose battery is dead) by connecting it to another car's battery ; bypass; pass abruptly from one state or topic to another; go back and forth
    start as in get going or set in motion
    • "We simply could not start the engine"
    • "start up the computer"

    Synonyms

    • start up get going or set in motion; get off the ground
    start as in begin or set in motion
    • "I start at eight in the morning"
    • "Ready, set, go!"

    Synonyms

    • go functioning correctly and ready for action; a time period for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else); street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine ; a usually brief attempt; a board game for two players who place counters on a grid; change location; follow a procedure or take a course; move away from a place into another direction; enter or assume a certain state or condition; be awarded; have a particular form; stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; follow a certain course; be abolished or discarded; be or continue to be in a certain condition; make a certain noise or sound; perform as expected when applied; to be spent or finished; progress by being changed; continue to live and avoid dying; pass, fare, or elapse; pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; be in the right place or situation; be ranked or compare; begin or set in motion; have a turn; be contained in; be sounded, played, or expressed; blend or harmonize; lead, extend, or afford access; be the right size or shape; go through in search of something; be spent; give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number; stop operating or functioning
    • get going begin or set in motion; start to be active
    start as in begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job
    • "Take up a position"
    • "start a new job"

    Synonyms

    • take up pursue or resume; adopt; turn one's interest to; take up time or space; begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job; take up and practice as one's own ; occupy or take on; take up a liquid or a gas either by adsorption or by absorption ; take out or up with or as if with a scoop; accept; take in, also metaphorically; take up as if with a sponge ; return to a previous location or condition
    start as in play in the starting lineup
      start as in 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 workout"
      • "The semester begins with a convocation ceremony"

      Synonyms

      • begin Israeli statesman (born in Russia) who (as prime minister of Israel) negotiated a peace treaty with Anwar Sadat (then the president of Egypt) (1913-1992) ; take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense; set in motion, cause to start; begin to speak or say; be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series; have a beginning, of a temporal event; have a beginning characterized in some specified way; begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object; achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative; begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language
      start as in 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"

      Synonyms

      • begin Israeli statesman (born in Russia) who (as prime minister of Israel) negotiated a peace treaty with Anwar Sadat (then the president of Egypt) (1913-1992) ; take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense; set in motion, cause to start; begin to speak or say; be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series; have a beginning, of a temporal event; have a beginning characterized in some specified way; begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object; achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative; begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language
      start as in bulge outward
      • "His eyes popped"

      Synonyms

      • protrude extend out or project in space; bulge outward; swell or protrude outwards
      • pop like a pop or with a pop; (of music or art) new and of general appeal (especially among young people) ; an informal term for a father; a sweet drink containing carbonated water and flavoring; a sharp explosive sound as from a gunshot or drawing a cork ; music of general appeal to teenagers; bulge outward; hit a pop-fly; make a sharp explosive noise; fire a weapon with a loud explosive noise; cause to make a sharp explosive sound; appear suddenly or unexpectedly; put or thrust suddenly and forcefully; release suddenly; hit or strike; drink down entirely; take drugs, especially orally; cause to burst with a loud, explosive sound; burst open with a sharp, explosive sound
      • pop out appear suddenly; bulge outward; exit briefly; come out suddenly or forcefully
      • bulge something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings; swell or protrude outwards; bulge out; bulge outward; cause to bulge or swell outwards
      • bulge out bulge outward
      • bug out bulge outward
      • come out appear or become visible; be issued or published; come out of; result or end; come off; take a place in a competition; make oneself visible; bulge outward; to state openly and publicly one's homosexuality; be made known; break out

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