There are 3 translations of start in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /stɑːrt; stɑːt/


  • 1 1.1 (beginning) principio (m), comienzo (m) at the start al principio, al comienzo from the start desde el principio or comienzo from start to finish del principio al fin, desde el principio hasta el fin the start of the academic year el comienzo or [formal] el inicio del año escolar to make a start(on sth) empezar* algo at least we've made a start por lo menos hemos empezado let's make a start on that painting job empecemos a pintar de una vez to make an early start empezar* temprano (on a journey) salir* temprano, ponerse* en camino a primera hora to make a fresh o new start empezar* or comenzar* de nuevo to get (sth) off to a good/bad start empezar* (algo) bien or con el pie derecho/mal or con el pie izquierdo to give sb a good start in life darle* a algn la base para un buen porvenir he didn't have a very good start in life tuvo una infancia difícil
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    • 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.
    1.2for a start (as linker) para empezar
  • 2 [Sport] 2.1 (of race) salida (f) false start salida nula or en falso 2.2 (lead, advantage) ventaja (f) this gave him a start over his competitor esto le dio (una) ventaja con respecto a su contrincante
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    • 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.
    2.3 (starting line, gate) salida (f), línea (f) de partida
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    • 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.
  • 3 (jump) to give a start [person/horse] dar* un respingo to give sb a start darle* or pegarle* un susto a algn, asustar a algn I woke up with a start me desperté sobresaltado

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  • 1 (begin) [conversation/journey/negotiations] empezar*, comenzar*, iniciar; [job/course] empezar*, comenzar* the newspaper started life as a weekly magazine el periódico comenzó or empezó siendo una revista semanal I start work at eight empiezo or entro a trabajar a las ocho don't start that again! ¡no vuelvas con eso! to start -ing, to start to + inf empezar* a + inf they started arguing empezaron a discutir she started to laugh se empezó a reír, se echó a reír
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    • 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.
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    • 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, largar* (CS, Méx) ; [fashion] empezar*, iniciar; [fire/epidemic] provocar*; [argument/fight] empezar*; [war] [country] empezar*; [incident] desencadenar we want to start a family queremos empezar a tener hijos stop hitting her! — she started it ¡deja de pegarle! — fue ella la que empezó don't (you) start anything with me! [colloquial/familiar] ¡no te metas conmigo!to start sb on sth/-ing I'll start you on some filing primero te voy a poner a archivar I start my students on Dickens primero les doy a leer Dickens a mis alumnosto start sb -ing her words started me wondering sus palabras me dieron que pensar this will start them talking! ¡esto les dará que hablar! the noise started the baby crying el ruido hizo que el niño se pusiera a llorar to get sb started [colloquial/familiar] darle* cuerda a algn [familiar/colloquial]
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    • 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) [business] abrir*, montar, poner*; [organization/charity] fundar; [plan] poner* en marcha his father started him in his own business el padre le montó or le puso un negocio I need $20,000 to get me started necesito 20.000 dólares para empezar
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    • 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) [engine/dishwasher] encender*, prender (AmL) ; [car] arrancar*, poner* en marcha, hacer* partir (Chi)
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    • 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) [school/term/meeting] empezar*, comenzar*, iniciarse [formal]; [noise/pain/journey/race] empezar*, comenzar* when can you start? ¿cuándo puede empezar or comenzar? the day started badly el día empezó mal the party starts at eight la fiesta empieza or comienza a las ocho prices start at $30 cuestan a partir de 30 dólares to get started empezar*, comenzar* right then, let's get started bueno, empecemos or comencemos don't you start as well! [colloquial/familiar] ¡no empieces ahora tú también! to start again o (AmE also) over volver* a empezar, empezar* or comenzar* de nuevo to start by-ing empezar* por + inf you can start by reading this puedes empezar por leer estoto start from sth the tour starts from the station at two o'clock la excursión sale de la estación a las dos starting (from) next January a partir del próximo mes de enero 1.2to start with (as linker) we'll have soup to start with para empezar tomaremos sopa to start with, we'll have to draw up a plan primero or para empezar vamos a tener que trazar un plan I was optimistic to start with, but … al principio estaba llena de optimismo, pero …
  • 2 2.1 (originate) [fashion/custom] empezar*, originarse it all started from an idea I had as a student todo surgió de una idea que tuve cuando era estudiante the fire started in an upstairs room el incendio empezó or [formal] se inició en una habitación del piso alto 2.2 (be founded) ser* fundado the business/society started some years ago la empresa/la sociedad fue fundada or se fundó hace algunos años
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
  • 3 (set out) (+ adv compl) to start back emprender el regreso to start up/down the stairs empezar* a subir/bajar la escalera it's time we started (for) home es hora de volver a casa, es hora de que nos pongamos en camino a casa we start from the hotel at six salimos del hotel a las seis
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    • 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) [car] arrancar*, partir (Chi) ; [dishwasher] empezar* a funcionar, ponerse* en marcha the car won't start el coche no arranca or (Chi) no parte
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    • 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) asustarse, sobresaltarse I started (up) from my chair me levanté de la silla de un salto she started at the noise el ruido la sobresaltó or la asustó, se asustó or se sobresaltó con el ruido she started out of her dream se despertó de su sueño sobresaltada tears started to her eyes los ojos se le llenaron de lágrimas
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    • 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 órbitas
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    • 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.

Phrasal verbs

start in

v + adv
[colloquial/familiar] poner* manos a la obra to start in -ing o to + inf ponerse* a + inf they started in making o to make a terrific racket se pusieron a hacer un barullo terrible to start in on sth/-ing empezar* con algo/a + inf we'd better start in on the meal/writing the report más vale que empecemos con la comida/a escribir el informe to start in on sb meterse con algn, agarrársela(s) con algn (AmL) [familiar/colloquial]

start off

v + adv 1.1start out 1 1.2 (begin moving) arrancar* 1.3 (begin) empezar* to start off by-ing empezar* + ger or por + inf he started off by thanking his hosts empezó agradeciendo or por agradecer a sus anfitrionesto start off on sth she started off on a lengthy explanation se embarcó en una larga explicación, empezó a dar una larga explicación 1.1v + o + adv, v + adv + o (begin) [discussion/concert] empezar* 1.2v + o + adv (get sb started) I'll do the first one, just to start you off yo haré el primero, para ayudarte a empezarto start sb off on sth I started them off on some scales para empezar, los puse a hacer unas escalas don't start him off on politics! [colloquial/familiar] ¡no le des cuerda para que empiece a hablar de política! [familiar/colloquial] the postman started the dog off (barking) [colloquial/familiar] el cartero hizo que el perro empezara a ladrar

start on

v + prep + o
(begin) [cleaning/book] empezar* (con) I'd better start on all this ironing más vale que empiece a planchar or que me ponga a planchar esta ropa can we start on the dessert? ¿podemos empezar a comer el postre? 1.1 (criticize) [colloquial/familiar] meterse con [familiar/colloquial] don't start on him, he's doing his best no te metas con él, lo hace lo mejor que puede

start out

v + adv
1.1 (set out) salir*, partir [formal] 1.2 (in life, career) empezar* he started out as a farmhand empezó como peón 1.3 (begin)to start out (by) -ing we'll start out by finding a place to make camp empezaremos por encontrar un sitio para acampar I started out liking him al principio me gustaba we started out (by) thinking it would be easy empezamos pensando que sería fácilto start out to + inf we didn't start out to buy up all their shares no empezamos con la idea de comprar todas sus acciones

start over

1.1v + adv volver* a empezar, empezar* or comenzar* de nuevo 1.2v + o + adv volver* a empezar, empezar* or comenzar* de nuevo

start up

v + adv 1.1start2 2 4 1.2 (begin business) empezar* 1.3 (begin activity) [music/siren] empezar* a sonar; [band] empezar* a tocar if I mention my lumbago, she starts up about her arthritis cada vez que menciono mi lumbago, ella empieza con su artritis they've started up again, those two upstairs ya están otra vez esos dos de arriba 1.1v + o + adv, v + adv + o 2.1 [engine/car/machinery] arrancar*, poner* en marcha, hacer* partir (Chi) 2.2 [business] montar, poner* en marcha 2.3 [conversation] entablar; [discussion] empezar*

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There are 3 translations of start in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /stɑːrt; stɑːt/


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