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start*/*/*/
[stɑːt] verb I
1) to begin to happen
The World Championships start in two weeks.[/ex]
It's starting to rain.[/ex]
The leaves have started falling off the trees.[/ex]
2) [I/T] to begin doing something
Please start when you are ready.[/ex]
The class starts with some gentle stretching exercises.[/ex]
I started to unpack my suitcase.[/ex]
Everyone in the class started laughing.[/ex]
3) [I/T] to begin a journey
We started early enough but got caught in the London traffic.[/ex]
4) [I/T] to begin a new job, career, or period of education
I start work on Monday.[/ex]
Things were very different when I started in politics.[/ex]
5) [T] to begin a period of time in a particular way
I always start the day with a cup of coffee.[/ex]
6) [T] to bring a business or project into existence
He decided to quit his job and start his own business.[/ex]
7) [I] used for talking about the nearest end or edge of something
The new houses start immediately beyond the bridge.[/ex]
8) [I] used for talking about the lowest price or number
Prices for theatre tickets start from £10.[/ex]
9) [T] to cause something, or to be the first person to do something
Who wants to start the discussion?[/ex]
What she said started me thinking.[/ex]
10) [I/T] if you start a machine, or if it starts, it begins to work
No matter how many times he tried, the car wouldn't start.[/ex]
Scott started the engine and drove off.[/ex]
back where you started — in the same place or situation where you were before, so that you have not made any progress[/ex]
get started — to begin doing something[/ex]
[i]We couldn't wait to get started on the next job.[/ex]
get sb started — to help or cause someone to begin doing something new[/ex]
It was his aunt who got him started in publishing.[/ex]
to start with — 1) as a beginning, or as the first thing[/ex]
Let's have a few easy questions to start with.[/ex]

— 2) used for introducing the first or the most important point that supports an opinion

Well, to start with, you haven't got the right qualifications.[/ex]
- start (sth) off
- start sb off
- start on sth
- start out
- start (sth) up
II
noun
start */*/*/[stɑːt]
1) [C] the beginning of a period of time
I hated her right from the start.[/ex]
The operation takes about 15 minutes from start to finish.[/ex]
At the start of the final year, students do work experience.[/ex]
2) [C] the way that someone begins a period of time or activity
Hakkinen made a good start and was in second place by the first corner.[/ex]
Her election campaign got off to a slow start.[/ex]
There's no better start to the day than a healthy breakfast.[/ex]
3) [C] the beginning of a journey
After an early start, we were soon out of the city.[/ex]
4) [C] the beginning of a film, story, show etc
Let's take a look at the start of the story in more detail.[/ex]
5) [singular] the moment when a race begins, or the place where it begins
The start has been brought forward by 30 minutes.[/ex]
The runners were all gathered at the start.[/ex]
6) [C] a big change or new opportunity in your life
She travelled to Hong Kong, hoping for a fresh start.[/ex]
7) [singular] an advantage that you have, especially in a race or competition
Syn:
head start
The women runners are given a 50-metre start.[/ex]
for a start — used for introducing the first point in a series, especially in an argument[/ex]
They are too young for a start.[/ex]
make a start (on sth) — to begin doing something[/ex]
I'll make a start on the washing-up.[/ex]

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