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1. principio (m) comienzo (m) (beginning) ; salida (f) (starting place, of race)
  • for a start para empezar
  • at the start al principio
  • at the start of the month a principios de mes
  • from the start desde el principio
  • from start to finish de principio a fin
  • to make a start on something empezar con algo
  • he lent her £500 to give her a start le prestó 500 libras para ayudarla a empezar
  • to give somebody a 60 meter(s) start dar a alguien una ventaja de 60 metros (in race)
2. susto (m) sobresalto (m) (sudden movement)
  • to wake with a start despertarse sobresaltado(a)
  • to give somebody a start sobresaltar a alguien, dar un susto a alguien (frighten)
transitive verb
3. empezar, comenzar (begin) ; entablar, iniciar (conversation, talks) ; promover, poner en circulación (fashion, rumor) ; ocasionar, provocar (fire) ;
  • to start school empezar el colegio
  • to start doing something, to start to do something ponerse or empezar a hacer algo
  • it's just started raining acaba de ponerse or empezar a llover
  • to get started empezar
4. arrancar, poner en marcha (cause to start) (machine, engine, car)
intransitive verb
5. empezar, comenzar (begin)
  • to start at the beginning empezar por el principio
  • to start by doing something comenzar haciendo algo
  • she had started as a doctor había comenzado trabajando como médica
  • to start with para empezar
  • to start on something empezar algo
  • now don't YOU start! ¡no empieces!, ¡no empecemos!
6. sobresaltarse (be frightened)
  • to start out of one's sleep despertarse sobresaltado(a)
7. salir, partir (begin journey)
8. arrancar (car, engine)
start [stɑːt]
1 (beginning) principio (m); comienzo (m)
...the start of the academic year That was the start of all the trouble
at the start al principio; en un principio
at the very start muy al principio; en los mismos comienzos; at the start of the century a principios del siglo; we are at the start of something big estamos en los comienzos de algo grandioso
for a start en primer lugar; para empezar
from the start desde el principio
from start to finish desde el principio hasta el fin
to get a good start in life disfrutar de una infancia privilegiada
This can lead to jealousy if the child feels that his peers have got a better start in life than he has
to get off to a good/bad/slow start empezar bien/mal/lentamente
to give sb a (good) start in life ayudar a algn a situarse en la vida
They gave their son a good start in life
to make a start empezar
to make a start on the painting empezar a pintar
I think I'll make a start on the decorating this weekend
to make an early start (on journey) ponerse en camino temprano; (with job) empezar temprano; to make a fresh or new start in life hacer vida nueva
2 (departure) salida (f); also (Dep)
... to be lined uo for the start The whistle blew for the start of the race
(starting line) línea (f) de salida
The runners were gathering at the start
3 (advantage) ventaja (f)
to give sb five minutes' or a five-minute start dar a algn cinco minutos de ventaja
to give sb 10 metres' a 10-metre start
to have a start on sb tener ventaja sobre algn
4 (fright etc) susto (m); sobresalto (m)
to give sb a start asustar or dar un susto a algn
to give a sudden start sobresaltarse; what a start you gave me! ¡qué susto me diste!
to wake with a start despertarse sobresaltado
transitive verb
1 (begin) empezar; comenzar; [+discussion etc] abrir; iniciar
He started a conversation with a woman who turned out to be the ambassador's wife
[+bottle] abrir; [+quarrel, argument] empezar
They started the argument in the pub and continued it at home
[+journey] iniciar
In France the visit of the Turkish Ambassador to the Court of Louis XIV started a fashion for all things Turkish After a short rest we started the long journey home
to start a new cheque book/page comenzar or empezar un talonario nuevo/una página nueva
He picked up his pen and started a new page
don't start that again! ¡no vuelvas a eso!; to start doing sth or to do sth empezar a hacer algo
I started to think you weren't coming It soon started to rain
start moving! ¡menearse!; start talking! ¡desembucha!
to start sth again or afresh comenzar or empezar algo de nuevo
Finally I scrapped my original manuscript and started the book again
to start the day right empezar bien el día
He also reflects that the early morning drinking - a couple of large ones to start the day right - was in some ways the start of his downfall
he always starts the day with a glass of milk lo primero que toma cada mañana es un vaso de leche
he started life as a labourer empezó de or como peón
to start a new life comenzar una vida nueva
to start negotiations iniciar or entablar las pláticas
to start a novel empezar a escribir (or leer) una novela
to start school empezar a ir al colegio
Relatively few nurseries - whether state or privately run - will take children under two; nor are your problems over once children start school
he started work yesterday entró a trabajar ayer
2 (cause to begin or happen) [+fire] provocar; [+war] [+person, country] empezar; iniciar; [+incident, act] desencadenar
Why on earth would a tinpot dictator choose to start a war with a superpower like the US?
[+fashion] empezar; iniciar; [+rumour, tradition] iniciar; dar comienzo a
Why should Simpson have wanted to kill us? All you're doing is starting yet another rumour, making more trouble!
it started the collapse of the empire provocó el derrumbamiento del imperio; you started it! ¡tú diste el primer golpe!
to start a family (empezar a) tener hijos
to start a race (give signal for) dar la señal de salida para una carrera
to get started empezar; ponerse en marcha
Once I get started, I work very quickly
let's get started empecemos
Come on, let's get started now. We've wasted enough time already
to get sth started [+engine, car] poner algo en marcha; arrancar algo; [+project] poner algo en marcha
We'd better get out of here fast. I'll get the engine started I couldn't get the bloody car started again this morning I want to earn enough money and get my own farm started
to get sb started (on activity) poner a algn en marcha; (in career) iniciar a algn en su carrera
Sometimes there is so much to see in the landscape that we are unable to focus on a manageable area of it and therefore fail to find a good subject. On these occasions I find the viewfinder can be a very helpful device to get me started
Initially it was a grant from the Arts Council that helped to get them started
to get started on (doing) sth empezar a hacer algo
I want to get started on decorating the house as soon as I can
to get sb started on (doing) sth poner a algn a hacer algo
I'll get him started on the clearing-up Jessie meets briefly with the first group of students, to get them started on their writing
4 (found) (also start up) [+business] montar; poner; [+newspaper] fundar; establecer
5 (also start up) [+car, engine] arrancar; poner en marcha; [+clock] poner en marcha
6 (with personal object)
don't start him (off) on that! ¡no le des cuerda!; to start sb (off) reminiscing hacer que algn empiece a contar sus recuerdos; that started him (off) sneezing eso le hizo empezar a estornudar
She covered the pizza with black pepper, which of course started him sneezing again
to start sb (off) on a career ayudar a algn a emprender una carrera; they started her (off) in the sales department la emplearon primero en la sección de ventas
7 (disturb)
to start (up) a partridge levantar una perdiz
intransitive verb
1 (begin) empezar; comenzar; [+conversation, discussion] iniciarse; [+quarrel, argument] producirse; [+fashion] empezar; iniciar; [+war] estallar; empezar; [+rumour, tradition] originarse; [+fire] empezar; iniciarse; [+music] empezar
We must start at once A discussion started among three of the officials An argument started at the next table The fashion apparently started back in the 19th century The war started in December and continued until the following spring A rumour started that 500 jobs were to be lost The fire started in the attic and quickly spread to the rest of the house
The lights dimmed and the music started
classes start on Monday las clases comienzan or empiezan el lunes; that's when the trouble started entonces fue cuando empezaron los problemas; it all started when he refused to pay todo empezó cuando se negó a pagar; it started (off) rather well/badly [+film, match] empezó bastante bien/mal
to start again or afresh volver a empezar; comenzar de nuevo
he started (off or out) as a postman empezó como or de cartero
he started (off or out) as a Marxist empezó como marxista
to start at the beginning empezar desde el principio
he started (off) by saying ... empezó por decir or diciendo ...
the route starts from here la ruta sale de aquí
starting from Tuesday a partir del martes
to start (out or up) in business montar or poner un negocio
to start (off) with ... (firstly) en primer lugar ...; para empezar ...
Well, to start with, this is quite untrue ...
(at the beginning) al principio ...; en un principio ...
To start with, there were only 3 of them but later ... We only had 25 pounds to start with
what shall we start (off) with? ¿con qué empezamos?; to start (off) with a prayer empezar con una oración; he started (off or out) with the intention of writing a thesis empezó con la intención de escribir una tesis
2 (embark)
to start on a task emprender una tarea
to start on something new emprender algo nuevo; to start on a book (begin reading) empezar a leer un libro; (begin writing) empezar a escribir un libro
I've got a whole pile of books I haven't started on yet
How long ago did you start on the book and where did the idea come from?
to start on a course of study empezar un curso
When do you start on your Spanish course?
they started on another bottle abrieron or empezaron otra botella
3 (also start off) (also start out) (on journey) [+person] partir; ponerse en camino; [+bus, train, runner] salir
Ten horses started but only three finished
to start (off or out) from London/for Madrid salir de Londres/partir con rumbo a or para Madrid
he started (off) along the coridor
he started (off) down the street empezó a caminar calle abajo
4 (also start up) [+car, engine] arrancar; ponerse en marcha
The car won't start
[+washing machine] ponerse en marcha
5 (jump nervously) asustarse; sobresaltarse;at a
to start from one's chair levantarse asustado de su silla; tears started to her eyes se le llenaron los ojos de lágrimas
his eyes were starting out of his head se le saltaban los ojos de la cara
6 [+timber etc] combarse; torcerse; [+rivets etc] soltarse
Verb Conjugations for comenzar
Gerund: comenzando
Participle: comenzado
The irregular conjugations of this verb are in red.
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