start is part of the Basic English 850.
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start is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
start

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

Singular
start

Plural
starts

  1. The beginning of something in place or time.
    We went back to the start.
  2. A movement in reaction to surprise.
    I surprised him and he gave a start.
  3. A surprise, often not pleasant.
    She gave him quite a start.

VerbEdit

Plain form
start

Third-person singular
starts

Past tense
started

Past participle
started

Present participle
starting

  1. To begin; to do something for the first time.
    They started the race in first place.
  2. To make a machine begin to work.
    I will start the car.
  3. To move in surprise.
    When I touched his arm, he started.

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