Synonyms of start


1. start, beginning

usage: the beginning of anything; "it was off to a good start"

2. beginning, commencement, first, outset, get-go, start, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offset, point, point in time

usage: 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"

3. start, starting, turn, play

usage: 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"

4. startle, jump, start, reflex, reflex response, reflex action, instinctive reflex, innate reflex, inborn reflex, unconditioned reflex, physiological reaction

usage: a sudden involuntary movement; "he awoke with a start"

5. beginning, start, commencement, change of state

usage: the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"

6. start, starting line, scratch, scratch line, line

usage: a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game

7. starting signal, start, signal, signaling, sign

usage: a signal to begin (as in a race); "the starting signal was a green light"; "the runners awaited the start"

8. start, head start, advantage, vantage

usage: the advantage gained by beginning early (as in a race); "with an hour's start he will be hard to catch"


1. get down, begin, get, start out, start, set about, set out, commence

usage: 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"

2. begin, lead off, start, commence

usage: 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"

3. depart, part, start, start out, set forth, set off, set out, take off, leave, go forth, go away

usage: leave; "The family took off for Florida"

4. begin, start

usage: 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"

5. originate, initiate, start, make, create

usage: bring into being; "He initiated a new program"; "Start a foundation"

6. start, start up, embark on, commence, begin, lead off, start, commence

usage: 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"

7. startle, jump, start, move

usage: move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm; "She startled when I walked into the room"

8. start, start up

usage: get going or set in motion; "We simply could not start the engine"; "start up the computer"

9. start, go, get going

usage: begin or set in motion; "I start at eight in the morning"; "Ready, set, go!"

10. start, take up

usage: begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job; "Take up a position"; "start a new job"

11. start, play

usage: play in the starting lineup

12. begin, start, be

usage: 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"

13. begin, start, act, move

usage: 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"

14. start, protrude, pop, pop out, bulge, bulge out, bug out, come out, change shape, change form, deform

usage: bulge outward; "His eyes popped"

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Definition and meaning of start (Dictionary)