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To begin from a particular point in time
“We have organized a meeting that will start in exactly an hour.”
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To come into being
“Is it a coincidence that this issue would start from the moment we hired Jim?”
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To cause to happen or begin
“Inflammatory words between the two opposing factions would start an all out brawl.”
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To set up or establish
“Bill Gates would start his philanthropic foundation to enhance healthcare and reduce poverty.”
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To commence or continue a given task
“We have plenty of work to get through so it's best if we start as soon as possible.”
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To begin to move in a given direction
“We need to start west and continue for an hour before we reach our destination.”
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(of a machine) To cause something to begin to work
“You can start the car by turning the key in the ignition.”
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(of a machine) To begin operating
“My new tablet would start after I pushed the power button.”
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To jerk suddenly in surprise
“The class would start at the booming voice of their stern teacher.”
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To move or appear suddenly
“The cat would suddenly start from the living room into the kitchen for no apparent reason.”
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(of eyes) To bulge out significantly
“Alexia's eyes would start excitedly whenever she discussed her ideas for societal change.”
Noun
(usually in singular) The point at which an event commences
“Charles rushed to make it in time for the start of his best friend's wedding.”
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The point at which something is established
“The start of the social network took place in the dormitories of Harvard.”
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(usually in singular) The reason or origin an event or set of circumstances
“In this paper, we explore the start of the country's civil war.”
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An advantage over one's peers or competitors
“His parents were very well connected and that would give him a start when the time came for him to find a job.”
Noun
(usually in singular) A sudden involuntary movement
“He awoke with a start at the sound of his loud alarm.”
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