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To found; establish:
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  1. To found; establish:
  2. (Now Chiefly Dial.) To cause to start, or move involuntarily; startle
  3. To take the first step in doing:
To be the cause of; bring about; make happen; effect, induce, produce, compel, etc.
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  1. To be the cause of; bring about; make happen; effect, induce, produce, compel, etc.
  2. To bring about or compel by authority or force:
  3. To be the cause of or reason for; result in.
To bring into practice or use; introduce by first doing or using; start
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  1. To bring into practice or use; introduce by first doing or using; start
  2. To teach the fundamentals of some subject to; help to begin doing something
  3. To set going by taking the first step; begin:
To induct (an official) into office with a formal ceremony
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  1. To induct (an official) into office with a formal ceremony
  2. To celebrate formally the first public use of; dedicate
  3. To open or begin use of formally with a ceremony; dedicate:
To enter upon or have a beginning; start.
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  1. To enter upon or have a beginning; start.
  2. To begin; start; originate
To be the occasion of; give occasion to; cause
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  1. To be the occasion of; give occasion to; cause
To force, compel, or urge; incite; constrain
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  1. To force, compel, or urge; incite; constrain
  2. To push, drive, or move forward; propel
  3. To urge to action through moral pressure; drive:
To bring forth; exhibit:
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  1. To bring forth; exhibit:
  2. To cause to occur or exist; give rise to:
  3. To bring into being; create
To bring about; make happen; cause or accomplish:
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  1. To bring about; make happen; cause or accomplish:
  2. To bring about; produce as a result; cause; accomplish
(Idiomatic) to trigger movement, to get going
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  1. (Idiomatic) to trigger movement, to get going
To send out; to start (one) on a career; to set going; to give a start to (something); to put in operation.
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  1. To send out; to start (one) on a career; to set going; to give a start to (something); to put in operation.
  2. (Nautical) To put (a boat) into the water in readiness for use.
  3. To start (a person) on some course or career
To place oneself upon; get up on:
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  1. To place oneself upon; get up on:
  2. For the names of actual mountains, see the specific element of the name; for example, McKinley, Mount; Olives, Mount of; Blanc, Mont. Other geographic names beginning with Mount are entered under Mount; for example, Mount Vernon; Mount Desert Island.
  3. To set in position for use:
(Intransitive, colloquial) To begin.
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  1. (Intransitive, colloquial) To begin.
  2. (Intransitive) To rise suddenly.
  3. (Intransitive) To begin to operate.
To set out on a trip.
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  1. To set out on a trip.
To occupy; to consume (space or time).
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  1. To occupy; to consume (space or time).
  2. To implement, to employ, to put into use.
  3. (With on) To accept (a proposal, offer, request, etc.) from.
To bring about or stimulate the occurrence of; cause:
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  1. To bring about or stimulate the occurrence of; cause:
  2. To produce (radioactivity, for example) artificially by bombardment of a substance with neutrons, gamma rays, and other particles.
  3. To bring on; bring about; cause; effect
To be the first to portray (a particular role in a play)
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  1. To be the first to portray (a particular role in a play)
  2. To produce through artistic or imaginative effort:
  3. To give rise to; produce:
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  1. To accomplish, achieve.
  2. To cause to take place.
To establish, organize, or introduce:
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  1. To establish, organize, or introduce:
  2. To establish or invest (someone) in an office or position.
  3. To set up; establish; found; introduce
To take upon oneself; to start, to embark on (a specific task etc.).
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  1. To take upon oneself; to start, to embark on (a specific task etc.).
  2. To give a promise or pledge that; contract
  3. (Informal, former) To work as an undertaker
To cause to begin working.
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  1. To cause to begin working.
To spread apart the covers of (a book, magazine, etc.) so that the pages can be seen, read, etc.
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  1. To spread apart the covers of (a book, magazine, etc.) so that the pages can be seen, read, etc.
  2. To undo, recall, or set aside (a judgment, settlement, etc.), so as to leave the matter open to further action
  3. To begin or form the start of; initiate:
To stimulate to action or creative effort; inspire
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  1. To stimulate to action or creative effort; inspire
  2. To give life to; fill with life:
  3. To give motion to; put into action
To provide with an incentive or a reason for doing something; impel:
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  1. To provide with an incentive or a reason for doing something; impel:
  2. To animate; to propel; to cause to take action
  3. To cause to be enthusiastic:
To get involved in.
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  1. To get involved in.
  2. Used other than as an idiom: go into; to enter.
(Idiomatic) To proceed; to begin.
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To earn money for a company or for the family.
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  1. To earn money for a company or for the family.
  2. To move something indoors.
  3. To introduce a person or group of people to an organisation.
To organize or create (a military unit, for example):
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  1. To organize or create (a military unit, for example):
  2. To treat (sewage) with air so that aerobes will become active in it, thus purifying it
  3. To put into action, to put to work.
(Medicine) To affect something.
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  1. (Medicine) To affect something.
  2. To act decisively on the basis of information received or deduced.
  3. To take action against something.
To bring into being; give rise to:
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  1. To bring into being; give rise to:
  2. To bring into being; cause to be
  3. (Linguistics) In generative grammar, to construct (a sentence, for example) through the successive application of linguistic operations, rules, and conditions.
To carry through vigorously to a conclusion:
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  1. To carry through vigorously to a conclusion:
  2. (--- Baseball) To cause (a run or runner) to be scored by batting. Often used with in.
  3. To work or try hard, as to reach a goal
To make actual or real; realize in action
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  1. To make actual or real; realize in action
  2. (Reflexive) To realize one's full potential.
  3. To become actual, real, fully developed, etc.
To happen in the end; result
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  1. To happen in the end; result
  2. To result ultimately:
To put forward (a plan, for example) for consideration; propose.
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  1. To put forward (a plan, for example) for consideration; propose.
  2. To provide (someone) with a beginning knowledge or first experience of something:
  3. To start; open; begin
To bring into being; esp., to create (something original); invent
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  1. To bring into being; esp., to create (something original); invent
  2. To come into being; start:
  3. To bring into being; create or start:
Simple past tense and past participle of find
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  1. Simple past tense and past participle of find
  2. To lay the base of; set for support; base
  3. To establish the foundation or basis of; base:
To bring about; generate or effect:
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  1. To bring about; generate or effect:
  2. To cause to be able to grow or thrive:
  3. To cause (an institution, for example) to come into existence or begin operating; found; set up.
Logically order.
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  1. Logically order.
  2. To gel or harden.
  3. To ready something for use.
To fire or explode (a weapon or an explosive charge).
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  1. To fire or explode (a weapon or an explosive charge).
  2. To initiate (an action); set off
  3. To induce a powerful emotional reaction in, especially by evoking memories of past trauma.
To give off sparks.
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  1. To give off sparks.
  2. To produce the sparks properly
  3. To operate correctly. Used of the ignition system of an internal-combustion engine.
To alter and increase fraudulently the written value of (a check, for example).
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  1. To alter and increase fraudulently the written value of (a check, for example).
  2. To cause to become light; leaven (bread, etc.)
  3. (Naut.) To cause (land, another ship, etc.) to seem to rise over the horizon by approaching it; come within sight of
To cause to reproduce, especially by controlled mating and selection:
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  1. To cause to reproduce, especially by controlled mating and selection:
  2. To produce (offspring); give birth to or hatch.
  3. To cause to reproduce; raise, esp. by controlled mating
To exert an influence. Used with on or upon :
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  1. To exert an influence. Used with on or upon :
  2. To arrive at a specified condition through gradual or repeated movement:
  3. To cause to operate or function; actuate, use, or manage:
To make (something) necessary or unavoidable; involve or imply as a necessary condition, outcome, etc.
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  1. To make (something) necessary or unavoidable; involve or imply as a necessary condition, outcome, etc.
  2. (Now Rare) To compel; require; force
(Idiomatic) To become the leader, to advance into first place.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To become the leader, to advance into first place.
  2. (Idiomatic) To assume leadership over a group.
To settle (a region).
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  1. To settle (a region).
  2. To initiate or participate in the development of:
  3. To venture into (an area) or prepare (a way):
(Nautical, of an anchor) To lift off the sea bottom when being weighed.
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  1. (Nautical, of an anchor) To lift off the sea bottom when being weighed.
  2. (Idiomatic) To initiate a new venture, or to advance beyond previous achievements.
To fasten by means of tackle
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  1. To fasten by means of tackle
  2. To deal with (a difficult person)
  3. (Sports) To stop (an opponent carrying the ball), especially by forcing the opponent to the ground.
(Baseball) To be the first batter of an inning.
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  1. (Baseball) To be the first batter of an inning.
(Idiomatic) To start hurrying to undertake a task.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To start hurrying to undertake a task.
(Idiomatic) To get started; to get busy.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To get started; to get busy.
(Idiomatic) To work or exert oneself heavily or with full effort.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To work or exert oneself heavily or with full effort.
(Idiomatic) To barely begin; to see or do only a fraction of what is possible.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To barely begin; to see or do only a fraction of what is possible.
(Idiomatic) To introduce conversation.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To introduce conversation.
  2. (Idiomatic) To start to get to know people, by avoiding awkwardness.
(Sports, horses) To participate in the final round of an equestrian showjumping event.
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  1. (Sports, horses) To participate in the final round of an equestrian showjumping event.
  2. To move from an elevated place by one jump.
Alternative form of get the ball rolling.
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  1. Alternative form of get the ball rolling.
(Idiomatic) To begin; to start some action; to set in motion.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To begin; to start some action; to set in motion.
(Idiomatic) To start anything tumultuous.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To start anything tumultuous.
  2. (Baseball, softball) An expression used at the beginning of a game of baseball.
  3. (Idiomatic) To work together; to cooperate.
(Idiomatic) To begin gaining experience; To take a risk and try something new.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To begin gaining experience; To take a risk and try something new.
To enter upon or have a beginning; start.
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  1. To enter upon or have a beginning; start.
  2. To begin; start; originate
To take the first step in doing:
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  1. To take the first step in doing:
  2. To found; establish:
  3. (Now Chiefly Dial.) To cause to start, or move involuntarily; startle
To begin one's life, or occupation.
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  1. To begin one's life, or occupation.
To go out, leave.
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  1. To go out, leave.
  2. To explain something, or give exact details, usually in writing.
  3. To start an activity with the intention of finishing it.
To take root, become established.
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  1. To take root, become established.
To get up, as from a sitting or prone position; rise.
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  1. To get up, as from a sitting or prone position; rise.
  2. To result, issue, or proceed:
  3. To result or spring (from)
To puff up or become larger; swell up:
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  1. To puff up or become larger; swell up:
  2. To happen; occur
  3. To originate, begin, or spring up
To start upon; begin
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  1. To start upon; begin
  2. To write or put in:
  3. In real property, to pass upon or into; of litigation, to file or present to the court—for example, to enter an appearance into the record; of a contract, to enter into it means to sign or execute it. In real property, to pass upon or into; of litigation, to file or present to the court—for example, to enter an appearance into the record; of a contract, to enter into it means to sign or execute it.
To begin to be day; grow light
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  1. To begin to be day; grow light
  2. To begin to become light in the morning.
  3. To begin to appear or develop; emerge.
To grow or to cause to sprout
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  1. To grow or to cause to sprout
  2. To allow or cause to come forth and grow:
  3. To begin to grow or germinate; give off shoots or buds
To bring into being; esp., to create (something original); invent
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  1. To bring into being; esp., to create (something original); invent
  2. To bring into being; create or start:
  3. To come into being; begin; start
A device, such as a coil of wire, that returns to its original shape after being compressed or stretched. Because of their ability to return to their original shape, springs are used to store energy, as in mechanical clocks, and to absorb or lessen energy, as in the suspension system of vehicles.
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  1. A device, such as a coil of wire, that returns to its original shape after being compressed or stretched. Because of their ability to return to their original shape, springs are used to store energy, as in mechanical clocks, and to absorb or lessen energy, as in the suspension system of vehicles.
  2. (Slang) To buy something or pay an expense:
  3. To cause to close or snap shut, as by a spring
(Intransitive, figuratively) To come rapidly into existence.
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  1. (Intransitive, figuratively) To come rapidly into existence.
  2. (Intransitive) To appear suddenly.
(Intransitive, idiomatic) To occur, especially suddenly or unexpectedly.
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  1. (Intransitive, idiomatic) To occur, especially suddenly or unexpectedly.
To send forth; emit
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  1. To send forth; emit
  2. To come forth; issue, as from a source
  3. To come or send forth, as from a source:
To present itself; come to mind
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  1. To present itself; come to mind
  2. To take place; come about.
  3. To be found to exist or appear:
To cause to put forth buds.
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  1. To cause to put forth buds.
  2. To form or produce a bud or buds.
  3. To begin to develop
(Idiomatic, by extension) To become too mature for something.
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  1. (Idiomatic, by extension) To become too mature for something.
  2. (Idiomatic) To become too physically large for something, especially clothes.
To produce a flower or flowers; blossom.
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  1. To produce a flower or flowers; blossom.
  2. To produce blossoms; bloom
  3. The reproductive structure of the seed-bearing plants known as angiosperms. A flower may contain up to four whorls or arrangements of parts: carpels, stamens, petals, and sepals. The female reproductive organs consist of one or more carpels . Each carpel includes an ovary, style, and stigma. A single carpel or a group of fused carpels is sometimes called a pistil. The male reproductive parts are the stamens, made up of a filament and anther. The reproductive organs may be enclosed in an inner whorl of petals and an outer whorl of sepals. Flowers first appeared over 120 million years ago and have evolved a great diversity of forms and coloration in response to the agents that pollinate them. Some flowers produce nectar to attract animal pollinators, and these flowers are often highly adapted to specific groups of pollinators. Flowers pollinated by moths, such as species of jasmine and nicotiana, are often pale and fragrant in order to be found in the evening, while those pollinated by birds, such as fuschias, are frequently red and odorless, since birds have good vision but a less developed sense of smell. Wind-pollinated flowers, such as those of oak trees or grass, are usually drab and inconspicuous.
To come into flower; bloom.
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  1. To come into flower; bloom.
  2. To develop; flourish:
  3. To begin to thrive or flourish; develop
(Intransitive) To suddenly get pimples, especially on one's face.
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  1. (Intransitive) To suddenly get pimples, especially on one's face.
  2. To separate from a bundle
  3. (Idiomatic) to bring out, use, or present
(Intransitive, colloquial) To begin.
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  1. (Intransitive, colloquial) To begin.
  2. (Intransitive) To begin to operate.
  3. (Intransitive) To rise suddenly.
To begin dealing with
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  1. To begin dealing with
  2. To come near or nearer, as in space or time:
  3. To begin to deal with or work on:
To enter upon or have a beginning; start.
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  1. To enter upon or have a beginning; start.
  2. To begin; start; originate
To get on a boat or ship or (outside the USA) an aeroplane.
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  1. To get on a boat or ship or (outside the USA) an aeroplane.
  2. To go aboard a vessel or aircraft, as at the start of a journey.
  3. To start, begin.
To start upon; begin
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  1. To start upon; begin
  2. In real property, to pass upon or into; of litigation, to file or present to the court—for example, to enter an appearance into the record; of a contract, to enter into it means to sign or execute it. In real property, to pass upon or into; of litigation, to file or present to the court—for example, to enter an appearance into the record; of a contract, to enter into it means to sign or execute it.
  3. To go to or occupy in order to claim possession of (land).
To induct (an official) into office with a formal ceremony
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  1. To induct (an official) into office with a formal ceremony
  2. To celebrate formally the first public use of; dedicate
  3. To open or begin use of formally with a ceremony; dedicate:
To bring into practice or use; introduce by first doing or using; start
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  1. To bring into practice or use; introduce by first doing or using; start
  2. To teach the fundamentals of some subject to; help to begin doing something
  3. To set going by taking the first step; begin:
To establish or invest (someone) in an office or position.
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  1. To establish or invest (someone) in an office or position.
  2. To start; initiate
  3. To set up; establish; found; introduce
To send out; to start (one) on a career; to set going; to give a start to (something); to put in operation.
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  1. To send out; to start (one) on a career; to set going; to give a start to (something); to put in operation.
  2. To give (someone) a start, as in a career or vocation.
  3. To start (a person) on some course or career
(Baseball) To be the first batter of an inning.
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  1. (Baseball) To be the first batter of an inning.
To undo, recall, or set aside (a judgment, settlement, etc.), so as to leave the matter open to further action
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  1. To undo, recall, or set aside (a judgment, settlement, etc.), so as to leave the matter open to further action
  2. To move apart or unfold so that the inner parts are displayed; spread out:
  3. To begin or form the start of; initiate:
To go out, leave.
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  1. To go out, leave.
  2. To start an activity with the intention of finishing it.
  3. To explain something, or give exact details, usually in writing.
(Now Chiefly Dial.) To cause to start, or move involuntarily; startle
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  1. (Now Chiefly Dial.) To cause to start, or move involuntarily; startle
  2. To found; establish:
  3. To set into motion, operation, or activity:
To implement, to employ, to put into use.
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  1. To implement, to employ, to put into use.
  2. To occupy; to consume (space or time).
  3. (With on) To accept (a proposal, offer, request, etc.) from.
(Intransitive) To commit oneself (to an obligation, activity etc.).
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  1. (Intransitive) To commit oneself (to an obligation, activity etc.).
  2. To give a promise or pledge that; contract
  3. To take upon oneself; to start, to embark on (a specific task etc.).

Synonym Study

  • Inaugurate suggests a formal or ceremonial beginning or opening to inaugurate a new library
  • Initiate , in this connection, refers to the carrying out of the first steps in some course or process, with no indication of what is to follow to initiate peace talks
  • Start is sometimes interchangeable with begin , but carries the particular implication of leaving a point of departure in any kind of progression to start a journey, the boulder started a landslide
  • Commence , a more formal term, is used esp. with reference to a ceremony or an elaborate course of action to commence a court action
  • Begin , the most general of these terms, indicates merely a setting into motion of some action, process, or course to begin eating
Find another word for begin. In this page you can discover 171 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for begin, like: start, cause, initiate, inaugurate, commence, occasion, impel, produce, effect, set-in-motion and launch.