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[n] the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"
[n] 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"
[n] a sudden involuntary movement; "he awoke with a start"
[n] advantage gained by an early start as in a race; "with an hour's start he will be hard to catch"
[n] a signal to begin (as in a race); "the starting signal was a green light"; "the runners awaited the start"
[n] the beginning of anything; "it was off to a good start"
[n] a line indicating the location of the start of a race
[n] the time at which something begins; "They got an early start"
[v] 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"
[v] 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"
[v] play in the starting line-up, in team sports
[v] bring into being; "He initiated a new program"; "Start a foundation"
[v] get off the ground; "Who started this company?"; "We embarked on an exciting enterprise"; "I start my day with a good breakfast"; "We began the new semester"; "The afternoon session begins at 4 PM"; "The blood shed started when the partisans launched a surprise attack"
[v] get going or set in motion; "We simply could not start the engine"
[v] begin or set in motion; "I start at eight in the morning"; "Ready, set, go!"
[v] move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm; "She startled when I walked into the room"
[v] leave; "The family took off for Florida"
[v] begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job; "Take up a position"; "start a new job"
[v] begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object; "begin a cigar"; "She started the soup while it was still hot"; "We started physics in 10th grade"
[v] 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"
[v] have a beginning characterized in some specified way; "The novel begins with a murder"; "My property begins with the three maple trees"; "Her day begins with a work-out"; "The semester begins with a convocation ceremony"

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