BEGINNING [C] › the beginning of something: [usually singular] Our teacher checks who is in class at the start of each day. Ivan has been involved in the project from the start. The meeting got off to a bad start (= began badly).
make a start mainly UK › to begin doing something: I'll make a start on the washing-up.
for a start UK › used when you are giving the first in a list of reasons or things: I won't be going - I've got too much homework for a start.
ADVANTAGE [C] › an advantage that you have over someone else when you begin something: [usually singular] I'm grateful for the start I had in life.
the start › the place where a race begins
SUDDEN MOVEMENT [no plural] › a sudden movement that you make because you are frightened or surprised: Kate sat up with a start. → See also false start