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English definition of “start”

start

noun (BEGINNING)    /stɑːt/ US  /stɑːrt/
B1 [S] the beginning of something: We were doubtful about the product's usefulness from the start. They announced the start of a new commercial venture. The weather was good at the start (= in the first part) of the week. The event got off to a shaky/poor start with the stage lights failing in the first few minutes.Beginnings and starts C2 [C] the act of beginning to do something: We need to make a start on (preparing) the brochure next week.Beginnings and starts from start to finish C1 including all of something, from the beginning to the end: The whole course was a disaster from start to finish.Complete and wholeVery and extreme for a start C1 UK first, or as the first in a set of things: We'll take names and phone numbers for a start, then later on we can get more details.First and firstly
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