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start

verb /staː/
to leave or begin a journey
partir
We shall have to start at 5.30 a.m. in order to get to the boat in time.
to begin
empezar
He starts working at six o’clock every morning She started to cry She starts her new job next week Haven’t you started (on) your meal yet? What time does the play start?
to (cause an engine etc to) begin to work
poner en marcha
I can’t start the car The car won’t start The clock stopped but I started it again.
to cause something to begin or begin happening etc
empezar
One of the students decided to start a college magazine.
starter noun a person, horse etc that actually runs etc in a race.
competidor
a person who gives the signal for the race to start.
persona que da la señal de inicio de carrera
a device in a car etc for starting the engine.
dispositivos de arranque
starting point noun the point from which something begins
punto de salida
the starting point of the race.
for a start (used in argument etc) in the first place, or as the first point in an argument
para empezar
You can’t have a new bicycle because for a start we can’t afford one.
get off to a good/bad start to start well or badly in a race, business etc
empezar con buen/ mal pie
Chelsea got off to a bad start when they conceded a penalty just two minutes into the game.
start off phrasal verb to begin a journey
partir
It’s time we started off.
to cause or allow something to begin, someone to start doing something etc
permitir
The money lent to him by his father started him off as a bookseller.
start out phrasal verb to begin a journey; to start off
partir
We shall have to start out at dawn.
start up phrasal verb to (cause to) begin or begin working etc
empezar a funcionar
The machine suddenly started up He has started up a new boys’ club.
to start with at the beginning
al principio
He was very nervous to start with.
as the first point (in an argument etc)
para empezar
There are many reasons why he shouldn’t get the job. To start with, he isn’t qualified.
(Definition of start from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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