Textual thesaurus for "start"

(noun) commencement, beginning

the act of starting something

he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations

(noun) starting

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

(noun) startle, jump

a sudden involuntary movement

he awoke with a start

(noun) head start

the advantage gained by beginning early (as in a race)

with an hour's start he will be hard to catch

(noun) starting signal

a signal to begin (as in a race)

the starting signal was a green light; the runners awaited the start

(noun) starting line, scratch, scratch line

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

(noun) starting time, showtime, beginning, get-go, outset, offset, commencement, kickoff, first

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

(verb) commence, start out, set about, set out, get, get down, begin

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

(verb) commence, lead off, begin

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

(verb) originate, initiate

bring into being

He initiated a new program; Start a foundation

(verb) embark on, commence, start up

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

(verb) start up

get going or set in motion

We simply could not start the engine; start up the computer

(verb) go, get going

begin or set in motion

I start at eight in the morning; Ready, set, go!

(verb) jump, startle

move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm

She startled when I walked into the room

(verb) depart, part, start out, set forth, set off, set out, take off


The family took off for Florida

(verb) pop, pop out, protrude, bug out, bulge, bulge out, come out

bulge outward

His eyes popped

(verb) take up

begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job

Take up a position; start a new job

(verb) begin

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

(verb) begin

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

(verb) begin

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