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start

  

      vb  
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    intr   to make a sudden involuntary movement of one's body, from or as if from fright; jump  
5    intr; 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    tr   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    intr   to flow violently from a source  
wine started from a hole in the cask     
11    tr   to rouse (game) from a hiding place, lair, etc.  
12    intr   (esp. of eyes) to bulge; pop  
13       an archaic word for       startle  
14    intr     (Brit)  
informal   to commence quarrelling or causing a disturbance  
15    to start with   in the first place  
      n  
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,   (See also)        start in       start off       start on       start out       start up  
     (Old English styrtan; related to Old Norse sterta to crease, Old High German sturzen to rush)  


bump start     (Brit)  
      n  
1    a method of starting a motor vehicle by engaging a low gear with the clutch depressed and pushing it or allowing it to run down a hill until sufficient momentum has been acquired to turn the engine by releasing the clutch  
      vb  
  bump-start  
2    tr   to start (a motor vehicle) using this method  
cold start  
      n     (Computing)   the reloading of a program or operating system  
flying start  
      n  
1      (Also called (informal))    flyer   (in sprinting) a start by a competitor anticipating the starting signal  
2    a start to a race or time trial in which the competitor is already travelling at speed as he passes the starting line  
3    any promising beginning  
4    an initial advantage over others  
head start  
      n   an initial advantage in a competitive situation  
     (originally referring to a horse's having its head in front of others at the start of a race)  
jump-start  
      vb  
1    to start the engine of (a car) by pushing or rolling it and then engaging the gears or (of a car) to start in this way  
      n  
2    the act of starting a car in this way,   (Also (Brit.))    bump-start  
kick-start  
      vb   tr  
1    to start (a motorcycle engine) by means of a pedal that is kicked downwards  
2    Informal   to make (something) active, functional, or productive again  
      n  
3    an action or event resulting in the reactivation of something  
  kick-starter      n  
push-start  
      vb   tr  
1    to start (a motor vehicle) by pushing it while it is in gear, thus turning the engine  
      n  
2    the act or process of starting a vehicle in this way  
START  
      n acronym for   Strategic Arms Reduction Talks  
start in  
      vb   adv   to undertake (something or doing something); commence or begin  
start off  
      vb   adv  
1    intr   to set out on a journey  
2    to be or make the first step in an activity; initiate  
he started the show off with a lively song     
3    tr   to cause (a person) to act or do something, such as to laugh, to tell stories, etc.  
start on  
      vb   intr, prep     (Brit)  
informal   to pick a quarrel with (someone)  
start out  
      vb   intr, adv  
1    to set out on a journey  
2    to take the first steps, as in life, one's career, etc.  
he started out as a salesman     
3    to take the first actions in an activity in a particular way or specified aim  
they started out wanting a house, but eventually bought a flat     
start up  
      vb   adv  
1    to come or cause to come into being for the first time; originate  
2    intr   to spring or jump suddenly from a position or place  
3    to set in or go into motion, activity, etc.  
he started up the engine, the orchestra started up     
      adj  
  start-up  
4    of or relating to input, usually financial, made to establish a new project or business  
a start-up mortgage     
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START  
      n acronym for   Strategic Arms Reduction Talks  


bump start     (Brit)  
      n  
1    a method of starting a motor vehicle by engaging a low gear with the clutch depressed and pushing it or allowing it to run down a hill until sufficient momentum has been acquired to turn the engine by releasing the clutch  
      vb  
  bump-start  
2    tr   to start (a motor vehicle) using this method  
cold start  
      n     (Computing)   the reloading of a program or operating system  
flying start  
      n  
1      (Also called (informal))    flyer   (in sprinting) a start by a competitor anticipating the starting signal  
2    a start to a race or time trial in which the competitor is already travelling at speed as he passes the starting line  
3    any promising beginning  
4    an initial advantage over others  
head start  
      n   an initial advantage in a competitive situation  
     (originally referring to a horse's having its head in front of others at the start of a race)  
jump-start  
      vb  
1    to start the engine of (a car) by pushing or rolling it and then engaging the gears or (of a car) to start in this way  
      n  
2    the act of starting a car in this way,   (Also (Brit.))    bump-start  
kick-start  
      vb   tr  
1    to start (a motorcycle engine) by means of a pedal that is kicked downwards  
2    Informal   to make (something) active, functional, or productive again  
      n  
3    an action or event resulting in the reactivation of something  
  kick-starter      n  
push-start  
      vb   tr  
1    to start (a motor vehicle) by pushing it while it is in gear, thus turning the engine  
      n  
2    the act or process of starting a vehicle in this way  
start  
      vb  
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    intr   to make a sudden involuntary movement of one's body, from or as if from fright; jump  
5    intr; 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    tr   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    intr   to flow violently from a source  
wine started from a hole in the cask     
11    tr   to rouse (game) from a hiding place, lair, etc.  
12    intr   (esp. of eyes) to bulge; pop  
13       an archaic word for       startle  
14    intr     (Brit)  
informal   to commence quarrelling or causing a disturbance  
15    to start with   in the first place  
      n  
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,   (See also)        start in       start off       start on       start out       start up  
     (Old English styrtan; related to Old Norse sterta to crease, Old High German sturzen to rush)  
start in  
      vb   adv   to undertake (something or doing something); commence or begin  
start off  
      vb   adv  
1    intr   to set out on a journey  
2    to be or make the first step in an activity; initiate  
he started the show off with a lively song     
3    tr   to cause (a person) to act or do something, such as to laugh, to tell stories, etc.  
start on  
      vb   intr, prep     (Brit)  
informal   to pick a quarrel with (someone)  
start out  
      vb   intr, adv  
1    to set out on a journey  
2    to take the first steps, as in life, one's career, etc.  
he started out as a salesman     
3    to take the first actions in an activity in a particular way or specified aim  
they started out wanting a house, but eventually bought a flat     
start up  
      vb   adv  
1    to come or cause to come into being for the first time; originate  
2    intr   to spring or jump suddenly from a position or place  
3    to set in or go into motion, activity, etc.  
he started up the engine, the orchestra started up     
      adj  
  start-up  
4    of or relating to input, usually financial, made to establish a new project or business  
a start-up mortgage     

English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  

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start

  

      vb  
1    appear, arise, begin, come into being, come into existence, commence, depart, first see the light of day, get on the road, get under way, go ahead, hit the road     (informal)   issue, leave, originate, pitch in     (informal)   sally forth, set off, set out  
2    activate, embark upon, engender, enter upon, get going, get (something) off the ground     (informal)   get the ball rolling, initiate, instigate, kick off     (informal)   kick-start, make a beginning, open, originate, put one's hand to the plough     (informal)   set about, set in motion, set the ball rolling, start the ball rolling, take the first step, take the plunge     (informal)   trigger, turn on  
3    begin, create, establish, father, found, inaugurate, initiate, institute, introduce, launch, lay the foundations of, pioneer, set up  
4    blench, flinch, jerk, jump, recoil, shy, twitch  
      n  
5    beginning, birth, commencement, dawn, first step(s), foundation, inauguration, inception, initiation, kickoff     (informal)   onset, opening, opening move, outset  
6    advantage, edge, head start, lead  
7    backing, break     (informal)   chance, helping hand, introduction, opening, opportunity, sponsorship  
8    convulsion, jar, jump, spasm, twitch  
  
Antonyms     
,       vb  
1, 2 & 3    abandon, bring to an end, call it a day     (informal)   cease, conclude, delay, desist, end, finish, give up, put aside, put off, quit, stop, switch off, terminate, turn off, wind up  
      n  
5    cessation, conclusion, dénouement, end, finale, finish, outcome, result, stop, termination, turning off, wind-up  

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
exp.
start an argument on purpose
id.
consider something seriously and start taking actions about it
n.
A specific technical worksheet tool with performer's requirements. Excellent start of negotiations between performers, managers and contractors. (These requirements might include sound and light conditions for the show, food lodging and transportation of artistic talents)
n.
prolegomena -an introduction at the start of a book, usually used in plural form
exp.
quit disobeying; start acting like someone would want to
E.g. Finally, her husband has come to heel and they will buy a new car, as she wants.
adj.
1. [Comp.] a device that once plugged in is automatically recognized by the system and launches the expected process without any action on the user's side; 2. [Bus.] a new employee who is able to start work without too much induction and training
[Comp.];[Bus.] can be used as both noun and adjective: plug and play device; plug and play employee or simply plug and play (noun)
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