- 1 1.1 (beginning) at the start from the startfrom start to finishdesde el principio or comienzothe start of the academic yeardel principio al findesde el principio hasta el finto make a start(el comienzo or [formal] el inicio del año escolar
onsomething)at least we've made a startempezar algolet's make a start on that painting jobpor lo menos hemos empezadoto make an early startempecemos a pintar de una vezempezar temprano(on a journey)to make a fresh o new startsalir tempranoponerse en camino a primera horato get (something) off to a good/bad startempezar or comenzar de nuevoto give somebody a good start in lifeempezar (algo) bien or con el pie derecho/mal or con el pie izquierdohe didn't have a very good start in lifedarle a alguien la base para un buen porvenirtuvo una infancia difícilExample sentences1.2for a start
- From start to finish the whole operation was ill-conceived, hurriedly executed and bungled.
- The start and finish of this linear route are poorly served by public transport.
- From start to finish, the treatment of the defendants was a travesty of legal due process.
- 2 (Sport) 2.1 (of race) false start2.2 (lead, advantage) this gave him a start over his competitorsalida nula or en falsoesto le dio (una) ventaja con respecto a su contrincanteExample sentences2.3 (starting line, gate)
línea (feminine) de partidaExample sentences
- Sulamani was not too well away and gave most of his rivals plenty of start.
- It world take forever to find the pair in town, especially with nearly an hour head start.
- His oldest brother, Tory, would give him an hour's head start before following in his car.
- He ate, drank and stretched and at 9am lined up at the start, to begin his second marathon.
- However today my race was really over when I stalled the car at the start and had to begin my race from the pit lane.
- It begins with a mass start and the aim is simply to cross the finishing line first.
- 1 (begin) the newspaper started life as a weekly magazineI start work at eightel periódico comenzó or empezó siendo una revista semanaldon't start that again!empiezo or entro a trabajar a las ochoto start¡no vuelvas con eso!
-ing, to start to + infinitivethey started arguingempezar a+ infinitiveshe started to laughempezaron a discutirse empezó a reírse echó a reírExample sentences
- I should continue what I started and take more classes so I can get a certificate out of it.
- As we approached the coast we started to fly over buildings and roads, growing denser the closer we got to the airport.
- Riley starts to push me forward, but I turn around and push his hands off of me.
- They are set to start work today and will follow recommendations from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
- And now the man who started cutting hair as a boy is beginning to out-Sassoon Vidal.
- She started night classes in 1997 and quickly developed a taste for medieval and early modern history.
- 2 (cause to begin)(race)dar comienzo a(fire/epidemic)(argument/fight)(war) (country)(incident)we want to start a familystop hitting her! — she started itqueremos empezar a tener hijosdon't (you) start anything with me! [colloquial]¡deja de pegarle! — fue ella la que empezóto start somebody¡no te metas conmigo!
onsomething/ -ingI'll start you on some filingI start my students on Dickensprimero te voy a poner a archivarto start somebodyprimero les doy a leer Dickens a mis alumnos -ingher words started me wonderingthis will start them talking!sus palabras me dieron que pensarthe noise started the baby crying¡esto les dará que hablar!to get somebody started [colloquial]el ruido hizo que el niño se pusiera a llorardarle cuerda a alguien [colloquial]Example sentences
- Then he starts a Slam Dunk competition between Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady.
- She took centre stage when starting last year's junior race before joining in to raise more cash for Francis House.
- He started the first running race and cheered the young athletes on in the warm sunshine.
- 3 (establish)(organization/charity)(plan)his father started him in his own businessI need $20,000 to get me startedel padre le montó or le puso un negocionecesito 20.000 dólares para empezarExample sentences
- Fire chiefs believe the blaze may have been started by arsonists.
- A Hampshire firefighter became an arsonist so that he would be called out to the blazes he had started himself.
- There were also more than 2,000 rubbish blazes started by firebugs in Bradford.
- Now, a sports column is nothing more than a springboard, a gig that starts you on your way to becoming a multimedia star.
- It was no doubt the arrival of the ZX Spectrum that started him on his career.
- She credits childhood reading of Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov for starting her on her career.
- 4 (cause to operate)Example sentences
- It's quite amazing; the merest hint of a parking ticket is enough to start car engines at almost a hundred metres.
- You'd be surprised at what can be done to make the flight safer before starting the engine
- He seemed to be having some trouble starting the little cutting machine up.
- 1 1.1 (begin) when can you start?the day started badly¿cuándo puede empezar or comenzar?the party starts at eightel día empezó malprices start at $30la fiesta empieza or comienza a las ochoto get started right then, let's get started don't you start as well! [colloquial]cuestan a partir de 30 dólaresto start again o (in American English also) over¡no empieces ahora tú también!to startvolver a empezarempezar or comenzar de nuevo
by -ingyou can start by reading thisempezar por+ infinitiveto startpuedes empezar por leer esto fromsomethingthe tour starts from the station at two o'clockstarting (from) next Januaryla excursión sale de la estación a las dos1.2to start withwe'll have soup to start witha partir del próximo mes de eneroto start with, we'll have to draw up a planpara empezar tomaremos sopaI was optimistic to start with, but …primero or para empezar vamos a tener que trazar un planal principio estaba llena de optimismo, pero …Example sentences
- The film starts at 7.45 pm and there will be a smoking ban during the performance.
- Training camp for officials begins Friday, and the regular season starts Nov. 2.
- The gates will open at 4.45 pm, one hour before the concert starts.
- 2 2.1 (originate)(fashion/custom)it all started from an idea I had as a studentoriginarsethe fire started in an upstairs roomtodo surgió de una idea que tuve cuando era estudiante2.2 (be founded)el incendio empezó or [formal] se inició en una habitación del piso altothe business/society started some years agoser fundadola empresa/la sociedad fue fundada or se fundó hace algunos años
- 3 (set out) (+ adverb complement) to start backto start up/down the stairsemprender el regresoit's time we started (for) homeempezar a subir/bajar la escalerawe start from the hotel at sixes hora de volver a casaes hora de que nos pongamos en camino a casasalimos del hotel a las seisExample sentences
- Gently closing the door behind her she started down the stairs rubbing her eyes free from sleep as she did so.
- Renfrew started forward, suddenly aware that he had not just been talking to himself.
- I started towards the double doors, thinking that I should explain in person.
- 4 (begin to operate)(dishwasher)the car won't startempezar a funcionarel coche no arranca or (Chile) no parteExample sentences
- Soon, she heard the engine starting and the sound of the Land Rover rolling out of the driveway.
- They returned to their nearby home, went to bed and shortly afterwards, the car alarm started.
- The caboose starts suddenly, then eases to a gentle roll.
- 5 (move suddenly)dar un respingo(be frightened)I started (up) from my chairasustarsesobresaltarseshe started at the noiseme levanté de la silla de un saltoshe started out of her dreamel ruido la sobresaltó or la asustóse asustó or se sobresaltó con el ruidotears started to her eyesse despertó de su sueño sobresaltadalos ojos se le llenaron de lágrimasExample sentences
- Everyone started, surprised, until they realised it had been the Queen speaking.
- She started and jumped up, looking at Tobias with an expression that was close to fright.
- Cinaed started slightly in surprise as he heard the door he had set his back to start to open.
- 6 (protrude)(eyes)salirse de las órbitasExample sentences
- Then she came wriggling back, with repentant doleful eyes starting upward and a knife behind her back.
- She looked at me with her round eyes starting from her face, and then turned over her shoulder to see if her gasp had alerted anyone.
- [colloquial] to start in
- 1verb + adverb 1.1→ start out 1 1.2 (begin moving) 1.3 (begin) to start off
- 1 (begin)
- 1.1 (set out) 1.2 (in life, career) he started out as a farmhand
- 1.1verb + adverb
- 1verb + adverb 1.1→ start 3 4 1.2 (begin business) 1.3 (begin activity)
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