• To begin, commence, initiate.
  • To begin an activity.
  • To have its origin (at), begin.
  • To startle or be startled; to move or be moved suddenly.
  • To break away, to come loose.
  • To put into play.
  • To pour out; to empty; to tap and begin drawing from.
  • To start one's periods (menstruation).


Opposite words


  • From Middle English stert, from the verb sterten. See below.
  • From Middle English sterten, from Old English styrtan, from Proto-West Germanic *sturtijan, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ter-. Cognate with Old Frisian stirta, Middle Dutch sterten (Dutch storten), Old High German sturzen (German stürzen), Old High German sterzan. More at stare.
  • From Middle English stert, start, from Old English steort, stert, from Proto-Germanic *stertaz ("tail"). Cognate with Dutch staart ("tail"), German Sterz ("tail, handle"), Swedish stjärt ("tail, arse").

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