[ verb ] 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"
Used in print(The New York Times,...)
Each of the organization 's ninety-nine members would get two professional posts , such_as political affairs officer , a department_head or an economist , to start .(The Times-Picayune, [New Orleans],...)
Legislators always get restless for a special session ( whether for the companionship or the $ 22.50 per_diem is not certain ) and if they start agitating .(Rocky Mountain News, [Denver, Colorado]...)
Her day starts early , but no_matter_how many pressing letters there are to be written ( and during May , which is National Salvation_Army Week , there are plenty ) , schedules to be made or problems to be solved , Mrs._Marr 's office is always open and the welcome_mat is out .(The Detroit News...)
`` Furhmann 's faculty is proud that this has been a spontaneous effort , started largely among the students themselves , because of fondness for Vicky and sympathy for her entire family , Pohly said .(The Atlanta Constitution...)
They indicated that stand-ins and picketing would be started if theater owners failed to cooperate .
[ verb ] 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"
Used in print(The Sun, [Baltimore],...)
Jackie_Brandt singled deep into the hole at short to start the rally .(Rocky Mountains News, [Denver, Colorado],...)
Just when it seems baseball might be losing its grip on the masses up pops heroics to start millions of tongues to wagging .(Mr. America, 4:6...)
Now when Henri has completed four complete Push-Pull_Super-Sets No. 1 , the professor allows him about a five minute rest period before starting him on four complete Push-Pull_Super-Sets No. 2 .(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)
If a nation wished to get a head_start in physical fitness over all other nations , it would start its kindergarten students on a program of gymnastics the day they entered and thus eliminate a large_number of the problems that plague American schools .(J. W. C. Hagstrom et al., "Debilitating muscular...)
Because of increasing anemia , triamcinolone , 8 mg. daily , was started on Feb. 23 , 1958 , and was continued until july , 1958 .
[ verb ] leave
"The family took off for Florida"
Used in print(Glayds H. Barr, The Master of Geneva....)
He started down the steps to meet the near-blind preacher , who had been one of the early Gospelers in Paris .
The crowd moved_back and John started dizzily down the hill .(John Cheever, "The Brigadier and the Golf Widow,"...)
She took a good look at herself in the mirror before she turned and , walking with very small steps , started toward the door .
[ verb ] 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"
Used in print(Jay Williams, The Forger....)
We all painted in our spare_time , and we had all started as easel painters with scholarships , but he was the only one of us who made any regular money at it .
[ verb ] bring into being
"He initiated a new program" "Start a foundation"
Used in print(Organic Gardening and Farming,...)
I like to make a seedbed right in the open , though many people start them successfully in cold_frames .
I started the seed in a flat in June and set_out the little pansies in a cold_frame .(Raymond C. Binder et al., editors, Proceedings...)
A high_frequency starter was used to start the arc .(Clement Greenberg, "Collage" in his Art and...)
Instead of isolating the literal flatness by specifying and circumscribing it , the pasted paper or cloth releases and spreads it , and the artist seems to have nothing left but this undepicted flatness with which to finish as_well_as start his picture .
Large planes juxtaposed with other large planes tend to assert themselves as independent shapes , and to_the_extent that they are flat , they also assert themselves as silhouettes ; and independent silhouettes are apt to coincide with the recognizable contours of the subject from which a picture starts ( if it does start from a subject ) .
[ verb ] get off the ground
"Who started this company?" "We embarked on an exciting enterprise" "I start my day with a good breakfast" "The afternoon session begins at 4 PM" "The blood shed started when the partisans launched a surprise attack"
Used in print(Richard I. McCosh, "Recreation Site Selection"...)
You must know before you start what the needs and objectives of your organization are ; you must have a list of requirements on where , how many , and what type sites are needed .(LeRoy Fothergill, "Biological Warfare", in Peter...)
This operation was started at 5 : 00 p.m. and lasted for 29 minutes .(Clifford H. Pope, The Giant Snakes....)
There seems to be a rough correlation between the initial and ultimate lengths , starting with the smallest ( boa_constrictor ) and ending with the largest ( anaconda ) .
If , in a certain part of the range , it starts life 1 foot longer than do any of the other ( relatively large ) giants , and reaches maturity at , let us guess , 18 inches longer than the others , a quadrupling of the maturity length would result in a maximum of ( nearly ) 40 feet .
size at which life is started and at which sexual maturity is reached ; time required to reach maturity ; rate_of_growth both before and after this crucial stage ; and maximum length , with confirmation or amplification of Oliver 's figures .
[ noun ] the beginning of anything
"it was off to a good start"
Used in print(The Sun, [Baltimore],...)
A two run homer by Norm_Siebern and a solo_blast by Bill_Tuttle tied the game , and single runs in the eighth and ninth gave the Athletics their fifth victory in eight starts .
Garden_Fresh , the result of a mating of Better_Self and Rosy_Fingered , seems to improve with each start and appeared to win the St._Patrick's_Day_Purse with some speed in reserve .(The Dallas Morning News,...)
The Dallas Texans were back home Monday with their third victory in four American_Football_League starts - a 19 - 12 triumph over the Denver_Broncos - but their visit will be a short one .(St. Louis Post-Dispatch,...)
Friend is off to a great start with a 4 - 0 record but is n't likely to see action here this week .
The Pirates jumped_off to an 11 - 3 start by May 1 last year , when the Redbirds as_well_as the Dodgers held them even over the season .
[ verb ] get going or set in motion
"We simply could not start the engine" "start up the computer"
Used in print(Clayton C. Barbeau, The Ikon....)
At the slope 's base coils of concertina stretched out_of eye range like a wild tangle of children 's hoops , stopped simultaneously , weirdly poised as if awaiting the magic of the child 's touch to start them all rolling again .(Arthur Miller, "The Prophecy," in The Best...)
Finding the key under his shoe , he started the engine , and while it warmed_up he turned to her standing there in the dripping fog , and said , `` Defrost the refrigerator '' .
[ verb ] move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm
"She startled when I walked into the room"
Used in print(James Thurber, "The Future, If Any, of Comedy,"...)
`` I have come to talk with you about the future of humor and comedy '' , I told him , at which he started slightly , and_then made us each a stiff drink , with a trembling hand .
[ noun ] 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"
Used in print(Rocky Mountains News, [Denver, Colorado],...)
This rule providing_for a blackout of televised baseball 30_minutes before the start of a major or minor_league game in any area comes from the game 's top rulers .(St. Louis Post-Dispatch,...)
If the Cardinals heed Manager_Gene_Mauch of the Phillies , they won't be misled by the Pirates ' slower start this season .
[ verb ] begin or set in motion
"I start at eight in the morning" "Ready, set, go!"
Used in print(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)
After it has been seen , have the child start on a mat on hands and knees ( a thin , inexpensive mat is quite sufficient for anything that does not require falling ) .(M. Yokoyama et al., "Chemical and serological...)
Successive 1 - ml fractions were then drawn off with a hypodermic_syringe , starting at the top of the tube , and tested for agglutinin activity .(R. P. Jerrard, "Inscribed squares in plane curves"...)
For it is clear that the total number of ordinary intersections of C and **f must be even ( otherwise , starting in the interior of C , **f could not finally return to the interior ) , and the center of rotation at t is the argument of the function , not a value .
[ verb ] begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job
"Take up a position" "start a new job"
Used in print(Chicago Daily Tribune...)
They 'll start lessons , too , pronto .(Los Angeles Times...)
He started practice in 1917 , and served on the State_Board of Medical_Examiners .
[ noun ] 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"
Used in print(St. Louis Post-Dispatch,...)
The desire to give Broglio as many starts as possible ; 3 .
Mizell has won both of his starts .
[ noun ] the act of starting something
"he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"
Used in print(Mignon G. Eberhart, The Cup, the Blade...)
Maude swooped_up the cup and hiked_up her top hoop as if about to take_off with a racing start .
finish change_of_state constitution first_step debut installation kickoff initiation Creation inauguration resumption attack startup jumping-off_point icebreaker jump_ball groundbreaking face-off scrum housing_start accession attack occupation activation begin begin begin originate begin begin
[ verb ] (sport,games) play in the starting line-up, in team sports
Used in print(St. Louis Post-Dispatch,...)
Harvey_Haddix , set_back by the flu this season , will start against his former Cardinal mates , who might be playing without captain Kenny_Boyer in tonight 's game at Busch_Stadium .
[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 19955