Translation of "start" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /stɑːt/ us /stɑrt/

A1 to begin doing something

Maria started to laugh.
We start working at nine o’clock.

B1 to begin to happen or to make something begin to happen

The fire started in the kitchen.

Phrasal verb(s)

noun uk /stɑːt/ us /stɑrt/

B1 the beginning of something

principio, comienzo
Our teacher checks who is in class at the start of each day.
Ivan has been involved in the project from the start.

(Translation of “start” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /staː/

to leave or begin a journey

We shall have to start at 5.30 a.m. in order to get to the boat in time.

to begin

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

One of the students decided to start a college magazine.
starter noun

a person, horse etc that actually runs etc in a race.


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

It’s time we started off.

to cause or allow something to begin, someone to start doing something etc

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

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.

(Translation of “start” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)