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Synonyms of start in English:


  • 1 the meeting starts at 7:45
    begin, commence, get underway, go ahead, get going
    informalkick off
    [Antonyms] finish
  • 2 this was how her illness had started
    arise, come into being, begin, commence, be born, come into existence, appear, arrive, come forth, establish oneself, emerge, erupt, burst out, originate, develop
    [Antonyms] clear up, end
  • 3 she started her own charity
    establish, set up, found, create, bring into being, institute, initiate, inaugurate, introduce, open, launch, float, kick-start, jump-start, get something off the ground, pioneer, organize, mastermind
    informalkick something off
    [Antonyms] end
  • 4 we had better start now if we want to finish the job
    commence, make a start, begin, take the first step, make the first move, get going, go ahead, set things moving, start/get/set the ball rolling, buckle to/down, turn to
    informalget moving, get cracking, get down to, get to it, get down to business, get the show on the road, take the plunge, kick off, get off one's backside, fire away
    [Antonyms] stop, give up, procrastinate
  • 5 he started across the field
    set off, set out, start out, set forth, begin one's journey, get on the road, depart, leave, get underway, make a start, sally forth, embark, sail
    informalhit the road
    [Antonyms] arrive, stay
  • 6 you can start the machine
    activate, set in motion, switch on, start up, turn on, fire up;
    energize, actuate, set off, start off, set something going/moving
    [Antonyms] stop, shut down, close down
  • 7 the machine started
    begin working, start up, get going, spring into life
    [Antonyms] stop
  • 8 “Oh my!” she said, starting
    flinch, jerk, jump, twitch, recoil, shy, shrink, blench, wince
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  • 1 the start of the event
    [Antonyms] end
  • 2 the start of her illness
    onset, commencement, emergence, (first) appearance, arrival, eruption, dawn, birth
    informalsquare one
  • 3 a quarter of an hour's start
    lead, head start, advantage
    [Antonyms] handicap
  • 4 a start in life
    advantageous beginning, flying start, helping hand, lift, assistance, support, encouragement, boost, kick-start
    informalbreak, leg up
    [Antonyms] handicap
  • 5 she awoke with a start
    jerk, twitch, flinch, wince, spasm, convulsion, jump
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