"started" in the verb sense
1. get down, begin, get, start out, start, set about, set out, commence
take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
"We began working at dawn"
"Who will start?"
"Get working as soon as the sun rises!"
"The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia"
"He began early in the day"
"Let's get down to work now"
2. begin, lead off, start, commence
set in motion, cause to start
"The U.S. started a war in the Middle East"
"The Iraqis began hostilities"
"begin a new chapter in your life"
3. depart, part, start, start out, set forth, set off, set out, take off
"The family took off for Florida"
4. begin, start
have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense
"The DMZ begins right over the hill"
"The second movement begins after the Allegro"
"Prices for these homes start at $250,000"
5. originate, initiate, start
bring into being
"He initiated a new program"
"Start a foundation"
6. start, start up, embark on, commence
get off the ground
"Who started this company?"
"We embarked on an exciting enterprise"
"I start my day with a good breakfast"
"We began the new semester"
"The afternoon session begins at 4 PM"
"The blood shed started when the partisans launched a surprise attack"
7. startle, jump, start
move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm
"She startled when I walked into the room"
8. start, start up
get going or set in motion
"We simply could not start the engine"
"start up the computer"
9. start, go, get going
begin or set in motion
"I start at eight in the morning"
"Ready, set, go!"
10. start, take up
begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job
"Take up a position"
"start a new job"
play in the starting lineup
12. begin, start
have a beginning characterized in some specified way
"The novel begins with a murder"
"My property begins with the three maple trees"
"Her day begins with a workout"
"The semester begins with a convocation ceremony"
13. begin, start
begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object
"begin a cigar"
"She started the soup while it was still hot"
"We started physics in 10th grade"
14. start, protrude, pop, pop out, bulge, bulge out, bug out, come out
"His eyes popped"
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