What is the opposite of finish?

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Opposite of to come to an end or conclusion
“The footage will start in a few minutes!”
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Opposite of to put the final touches to
“Can you please not begin an argument that you cannot finish?”
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(of food or drink) Opposite of to consume or get through the final amount or portion of
“Instead of eating dinner, he would nurse his drink until it killed his appetite.”
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(of a resource) Opposite of to consume or get through the final amount or portion of
“With this recipe, you can double the batch and save some for later.”
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Opposite of to put a coating on, especially as a final touch
“I try to strip the layer of paint in a safe way, by sealing off the room with poly sheets, moistening the paint, and then scraping it off.”
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Opposite of to end the life of, or defeat comprehensively
“The Vikings were in good spirits and were becoming well disposed to Bagnold, so they decided to spare him instead of killing him.”
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Opposite of to exit from a given situation, place or event
“A wraith-catcher, who had fortuitously been staying in the village the night before, will take Sophie to begin her quest to recover sister.”
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Opposite of to come, or cause to come, to a stop or end
“The classes were stimulating, and the students were able to get together after class to continue where they had left off.”
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Opposite of to give up or abstain from something
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Opposite of to carry out an action to the end
“I have realized that I should perhaps abandon my search for the perfect wife.”
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To bring about or cause something to happen
“I am going to effect some changes in the way chores are allocated in this household.”
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(of a business) Opposite of to go bankrupt
“Against the odds, his cafe would thrive in a suburb that was saturated with various eatery options.”
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(of an event, action, or process) Opposite of to come to an end or cease to occur
“Jim's questioning of the president would continue despite the fact that he was asked to stop with his badgering.”
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Opposite of to finish off, especially in a memorable or satisfying fashion
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Opposite of to defeat, subdue or overcome with superior strength
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Opposite of to use, empty or drain completely
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Opposite of to achieve or complete successfully
“Laziness will almost certainly mean you will fail in your endeavors.”
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Opposite of to consume a substance that is (presumably) edible
“She would proceed to spit the food out in disgust due to its bitter aftertaste.”
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Opposite of improve, refine, or add the finishing touches to
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Opposite of to ultimately develop or happen as a result
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(of an action or task) Opposite of to undertake or perform
“Because of your goodwill towards the association, you will be allowed to bypass the test that most members are required to take.”
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(beginning) Opposite of an end or final part or stage of something
“The beginning of the joke has to start strong, and then end with a clever punchline.”
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(continuation) Opposite of an end or final part or stage of something
“The narrative is the continuation of the story that began with the inception of human life.”
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Opposite of the surface appearance of a manufactured material or object, or the material used to produce this
“There was a superficial scratch on the brushed metal finish but the interior was still intact.”
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Opposite of a point or place at which a race or competition ends
“Having lost ground at the start of the race, El-Nabi pitted at the end of Lap 2 to take his compulsory pit stop.”
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(sports) Opposite of a score or goal which results from a well-executed sequence of actions
“His execution was less than perfect, but he ended up with the point anyway.”
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Opposite of a final part of something, especially a period of time, an activity, or a story
“Excavation work at the beginning of the project led to disused cellars, old gas pipes, and old tramlines being unearthed.”
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Opposite of cultured elegance in behaviour or manner
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Opposite of the science or art of teaching
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Opposite of the realization or fulfilment of a plan or project
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