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Synonyms of start in English:


  • 1 the meeting starts at 7.45
    begin, get under way, go ahead, get going
    informal kick off
    formal commence
    [Antonyms] finish
  • 2 this was how her illness had started
    come into being, begin, be born, come into existence, appear, arrive, come forth, emerge, erupt, burst out, arise, originate, break, unfold, develop, crop up, first see the light of day
    formal commence
    [Antonyms] end, clear up
  • 3 I'm starting a campaign to get the law changed
    establish, set up, found, lay the foundations of, lay the cornerstone of, lay the first stone of, sow the seeds of, create, bring into being, institute, initiate, inaugurate, introduce, open, begin, launch, float, kick-start, put in place, get something off the ground, get something going, get something moving, get something working, get something functioning, activate, originate, pioneer, organize, mastermind, embark on, make a start on, tackle, set about
    [Antonyms] end, wind up
  • 4 we had better start now if we are going to finish the job in time
    make a start, begin, make a beginning, take the first step, lay the first stone, make the first move, get going, go ahead, set things moving, take something forward, buckle to/down, turn to, put one's shoulder to the wheel, put one's hand to the plough, start/get/set the ball rolling
    informal get moving, get cracking, get stuck in, get down to it, get to it, get down to business, get one's finger out, get the show on the road, take the plunge, kick off, pitch in, get off one's backside, fire away
    British informal get weaving
    formal commence
    [Antonyms] stop, hang about, give up
  • 5 Yanto started out across the sand at a brisk pace
    set off, set out, start out, set forth, begin one's journey, get on the road, depart, leave, get under way, make a start, sally forth, embark, sail
    informal hit the road, hit the trail, push off
    archaic set forward
    [Antonyms] arrive, stay
  • 6 you can start up the machine with the footswitch
    activate, set in motion, switch on, turn on, fire up;
    energize, actuate, set off, start off, get/set something going/moving, start something functioning, start something operating, kick-start
    [Antonyms] stop, close down
  • 7 the machine started up
    begin working, start functioning, get going, start operating
    [Antonyms] stop
  • 8 ‘Oh my!’ she said, starting
  • 9 literary she had seen Meg start suddenly from the thicket
    jump, leap, spring, bound, dash, charge, pounce, dive, rush, dart
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  • 1 we were present at the start of the event
  • 2 that was the start of the trouble
    cause, reason, motivation, motive;
  • 3 I gave them a quarter of an hour's start
    lead, head start, advantage, advantageous position
  • 4 they have worked hard to give their children a start in life
    advantageous beginning, flying start, opening, opportunity, chance, helping hand, encouragement, lift, assistance, support, boost, kick-start
    informal break, leg up
  • 5 she awoke with a start
    jerk, twitch, flinch, wince, spasm, convulsion, jump
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