start - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [singular] the beginning of a period of time
    start of:

    At the start of the final year, students do work experience.

    The revolutions of 1848 marked the start of a fascinating period in world history.

    This could be the start of a beautiful friendship.

    from start to finish:

    The operation takes about 15 minutes from start to finish.

    1. a.
      [singular] the beginning of a film, story, show etc

      Let’s look at the start of the story in more detail.

      Hurry up or we’ll miss the start.

  2. 2
    [singular] the way that someone begins a period of time or activity
    start to:

    There’s no better start to the day than a healthy breakfast.

    have/make a great/fine/excellent etc start:

    Hakkinen had a great start and was in second place by the first corner.

    Waddle has made an excellent start to his new career.

  3. 3
    [singular] the beginning of a journey

    After an early start, we were soon out of the city.

  4. 4
    [singular] the moment when a race begins

    The start has been brought forward by 30 minutes.

    1. a.
      [singular] the place where a race begins

      The runners were all gathered at the start.

    2. b.
      [countable] mainly journalism an occasion when a sports player takes part in a game at the beginning

      Liverpool gave Jamie Redknapp his first start of the season against Fulham.

    3. c.
      [singular] an advantage that you have in a race or competition, by beginning it in a better position than the other people

      The women runners are given a 50-metre start.

  5. 5
    [singular] a big change, or a new opportunity in your life
    a new/fresh start:

    She travelled to Hong Kong, hoping for a new start.

    give someone a start:

    The money she lent him would give him a fresh start.

  6. 6
    [singular] a sudden movement that you make because you are surprised or afraid
    give a start:

    She gave a nervous start as the door suddenly opened.

    give someone a start:

    A noise in the road gave us all a start.

    wake/sit up with a start:

    She woke with a start from her dream.

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