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English definition of “start”

start

noun [S] (SUDDEN MOVEMENT)    /stɑːt/ US  /stɑːrt/
a sudden movement of the body that you make when something has surprised or frightened you: He woke with a start. She gave a start as I entered.Making short, sudden movements
(Definition of start noun (SUDDEN MOVEMENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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