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start (>Vietnamese)

n

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

2: 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" [syn: beginning, commencement, first, outset, get-go, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offset] [ant: middle, end]

3: 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" [syn: starting]

4: a sudden involuntary movement; "he awoke with a start" [syn: startle, jump]

5: the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations" [syn: beginning, commencement] [ant: finish]

6: a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game [syn: starting line]

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

8: advantage gained by an early start as in a race; "with an hour's start he will be hard to catch" [syn: head start]

v

1: 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" [syn: get down, begin, get, start out, set about, set out, commence] [ant: end]

2: 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" [syn: begin, lead off, commence] [ant: end]

3: leave; "The family took off for Florida" [syn: depart, part, start out, set forth, set off, set out, take off]

4: 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" [syn: begin] [ant: end]

5: bring into being; "He initiated a new program"; "Start a foundation" [syn: originate, initiate]

6: 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" [syn: start up, embark on, commence]

7: move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm; "She startled when I walked into the room" [syn: startle, jump]

8: get going or set in motion; "We simply could not start the engine"; "start up the computer" [syn: start up] [ant: stop]

9: begin or set in motion; "I start at eight in the morning"; "Ready, set, go!" [syn: go, get going] [ant: stop]

10: begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job; "Take up a position"; "start a new job" [syn: take up]

11: play in the starting line-up

12: 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 work-out"; "The semester begins with a convocation ceremony" [syn: begin]

13: 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" [syn: begin]

Adjacent words: starry saxifrage | starry-eyed | Stars and Bars | Stars and Stripes | star-shaped | starship | Star-Spangled Banner | start | start out | start up | starter | starter motor | star-thistle | starting | starting block | starting buffer

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