Synonyms of starting


1. start, starting, turn, play

usage: a turn to be a starter (in a game at the beginning); "he got his start because one of the regular pitchers was in the hospital"; "his starting meant that the coach thought he was one of their best linemen"


1. get down, begin, get, start out, start, set about, set out, commence

usage: 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

usage: 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, leave, go forth, go away

usage: leave; "The family took off for Florida"

4. begin, start

usage: 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, make, create

usage: bring into being; "He initiated a new program"; "Start a foundation"

6. start, start up, embark on, commence, begin, lead off, start, commence

usage: 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

usage: move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm; "She startled when I walked into the room"

8. start, start up

usage: get going or set in motion; "We simply could not start the engine"; "start up the computer"

9. start, go, get going

usage: begin or set in motion; "I start at eight in the morning"; "Ready, set, go!"

10. start, take up

usage: begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job; "Take up a position"; "start a new job"

11. start, play

usage: play in the starting lineup

12. begin, start, be

usage: 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, act, move

usage: 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, change shape, change form, deform

usage: bulge outward; "His eyes popped"


1. starting, protrusive (vs. intrusive)

usage: (especially of eyes) bulging or protruding as with fear; "with eyes starting from their sockets"

2. starting, opening (vs. closing)

usage: appropriate to the beginning or start of an event; "the starting point"; "hands in the starting position"

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