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English definition of “start”

start

verb [I] (MOVE SUDDENLY)    /stɑːt/ US  /stɑːrt/
to move your body suddenly because something has surprised or frightened you: He started at the sound of the phone .Making short, sudden movementsSurprised Grammar:Begin or start?We can use the verbs begin and start to mean the same thing but begin is more formal than start. Begin is an irregular verb. Its past simple form is began and its -ed form is begun:
(Definition of start verb (MOVE SUDDENLY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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