auspicious, bright (esp. BrE), decent, encouraging, excellent, fine, flying, good, great, impressive, promising, sound, strong, wonderful

Despite a promising start, we lost the game.

bad, disappointing, disastrous, poor, rocky, shaky, slow, sluggish, uncertain
running (esp. AmE), standing (both often figurative)

The space project went from a standing start to the moon in ten years.


After a couple of false starts, she found the job that suited her.

head (usually figurative)

All parents want to give their kids a head start in life.

fresh, new
early, late

right from the very start


I think it's time we made a start.

get off to

The company got off to an impressive start this year.

herald (esp. BrE), mark, signal
date, time
button, menu (computing), signal

I clicked the icon in the start menu.

line, point, position

The runners walked up to the start line.

Push through your heels to return to the start position.

at the start (of)

Everyone was in a conciliatory mood at the start of the meeting.

from the start

She felt at home in her new job right from the start.

prior to the start

He joined the team prior to the start of the season.

start to

The fine winter weather heralded a good start to the year.

start in

Moving to a good school gave Sally a fresh start in life.

be doomed from the start

The project was doomed from the start.

from start to finish

This is a thoroughly good book from start to finish.


Her heart suddenly started to race.


He has just started at school.

At that point I just started to hate the man.

off, out

We'll start off by doing some warm-up exercises.


She started up a conversation with the woman sitting next to her.

again, all over again, over (AmE)

We'll just have to start all over again.

decide to, expect to, hope to, intend to, plan to, want to
be due to, be expected to, be scheduled to, be supposed to

Work is due to start this weekend.

be ready to

By early evening he was ready to start work.

be about to, be going to

A new term was about to start.

had better, have to, need to

You'd better start packing if you're to leave early tomorrow morning.


It started as a hobby and grew from there.


Let's start by reviewing what we did last week.


Start from the beginning and tell me exactly what happened.


I've finished decorating the bathroom, so now I can start on the bedroom.


Let's start with this first piece of music.

get (sb/sth) started

It's already late, so I think we should get started.

a good, great, etc. place to start

If you want to learn about frogs, this book is an excellent place to start.

let's start
start from scratch

I'll have to start again from scratch.

time to start sth

It's time to start thinking about next year.

Start is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑ban, ↑bombardment, ↑campaign, ↑car, ↑career, ↑decade, ↑engine, ↑enquiry, ↑exam, ↑expedition, ↑festival, ↑fight, ↑fighting, ↑fire, ↑friendship, ↑idea, ↑letter, ↑meeting, ↑movie, ↑negotiation, ↑pain, ↑period, ↑plague, ↑process, ↑rain, ↑recession, ↑riot, ↑season, ↑semester, ↑shift, ↑siren, ↑story, ↑strike, ↑talk, ↑tear, ↑trail, ↑train, ↑trouble, ↑war, ↑work, ↑year
Start is used with these nouns as the object: ↑argument, ↑ascent, ↑band, ↑blaze, ↑blog, ↑bonfire, ↑brawl, ↑business, ↑campaign, ↑car, ↑career, ↑club, ↑collection, ↑college, ↑company, ↑construction, ↑conversation, ↑council, ↑craze, ↑crusade, ↑cycle, ↑day, ↑debate, ↑deliberation, ↑descent, ↑dialogue, ↑diet, ↑discussion, ↑engine, ↑enquiry, ↑enterprise, ↑evening, ↑family, ↑farm, ↑fashion, ↑feud, ↑fight, ↑fire, ↑firm, ↑foundation, ↑fund, ↑grade, ↑group, ↑high school, ↑hobby, ↑ignition, ↑industrial action, ↑initiative, ↑job, ↑kindergarten, ↑league, ↑lesson, ↑life, ↑machine, ↑magazine, ↑meeting, ↑mess, ↑motor, ↑movement, ↑negotiation, ↑paragraph, ↑period, ↑petition, ↑phase, ↑playgroup, ↑practice, ↑preparation, ↑proceedings, ↑process, ↑production, ↑programme, ↑project, ↑reaction, ↑rebellion, ↑regime, ↑regimen, ↑restaurant, ↑revolution, ↑riot, ↑romance, ↑round, ↑rout, ↑routine, ↑rumour, ↑scheme, ↑school, ↑search, ↑season, ↑session, ↑smoking, ↑society, ↑stint, ↑strike, ↑talk, ↑tape, ↑task, ↑thread, ↑tradition, ↑trend, ↑trouble, ↑venture, ↑war, ↑work

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