There are 2 main translations of start in Spanish

: start1START2


principio, n.

Pronunciation /stɑrt/ /stɑːt/

See Spanish definition of principio


  • 1

    • 1.1(beginning)

      principio masculine
      comienzo masculine
      at the start al principio
      • from the start desde el principio / comienzo
      • from start to finish del principio al fin
      • the start of the academic year el comienzo del año escolar
      • to make a start(on sth) empezar algo
      • at least we've made a start por lo menos hemos empezado
      • let's make a start on that painting job empecemos a pintar de una vez
      • to make an early start empezar temprano
      • to make a fresh / new start empezar / comenzar de nuevo
      • to get (sth) off to a good/bad start empezar (algo) bien / con el pie derecho/mal / con el pie izquierdo
      • to give sb a good start in life darle a algn la base para un buen porvenir
      • he didn't have a very good start in life tuvo una infancia difícil
      • From start to finish the whole operation was ill-conceived, hurriedly executed and bungled.
      • The start and finish of this linear route are poorly served by public transport.
      • From start to finish, the treatment of the defendants was a travesty of legal due process.
      • When crunching, keep your abdominal muscles contracted from the start to finish of each move.
      • The committee has no rigid rules for determining the start or finish of a business cycle.
      • It was the close to the start of my first semester of my senior year at Sequioa High School.
      • He makes a point of being on playground duty at the start and finish of the school day, so parents can bring any concerns to him.
      • They are at the start of a long journey, and must be given the benefit of the doubt.
      • It was an ill omen at the start of the journey, but the trek couldn't be postponed any longer.
      • After plenty of rain over the preceding 24 hours, the start of play was delayed to allow a wet outfield to improve.
      • After having accepted the invite, two hours before the start of the game he phoned me to say he wasn't coming.
      • At the start of my third hour I suddenly recalled that I had not eaten for seven hours.
      • Thirty hours after the start of treatment the cells were harvested and micronucleus slides were prepared.
      • However, this would result in the balances being in a worse position than at the start of the financial year.
      • What is needed is immediate end to confrontation and start of positive engagement.
      • That is a pretty devastating turnaround from the initial outlook at the start of the year.
      • Chelsea seized the initiative from the start, and might have scored in the seventh minute.
      • This hole is the start of a project initiated to commemorate the millennium for the people of Trowbridge.
      • At its Monday session, the Constitutional Court inaugurated the start of the case.
      • The film will show the work from its start, through its construction to its delivery to the stadium.

  • 2

    • 2.1(of race)

      salida feminine
      false start salida nula / en falso
      • He ate, drank and stretched and at 9am lined up at the start, to begin his second marathon.
      • However today my race was really over when I stalled the car at the start and had to begin my race from the pit lane.
      • It begins with a mass start and the aim is simply to cross the finishing line first.
      • The race start was delayed four times on the Saturday, as there was a complete lack of wind for the ships to sail.
      • Anyone arriving later than 10.30 am is unlikely to get into the estate in time for the race start.
      • John Pawson missed the start of the second race, having damaged his fin and forced to make a quick repair.
      • There was a considerable delay to the start of the race due to a knock to First Row.
      • It was a magnificent sight to see so many participants surging through the Claddagh at the start of the race.
      • Injuries forced the lineup to change three times prior to the start of the race.
      • It can get a bit crowded at the start of a race and the potential for a crash is significant.
      • So last Saturday Fell Foot was a country traffic jam as 491 runners arrived at the race start.
      • I was very aggressive at the start and during the race I tried to defend my second place and to not do any mistake.
      • I flew up this morning from Philadelphia and just made it in time for the start of the race.
      • Judging by the shape of the first corner, the start of the race could be interesting.
      • I lost a lot of time at the start of the race and I tried to close the gap as much as possible.
      • The exact course was a secret until about three hours before the start of the race.
      • He bustled Ouija Board into fifth soon after the start and held his position until the field quickened down the back stretch.
      • Participants are urged to arrive at least an hour before the start, and say parking will be available in a field at the hall.
      • The heavy rain held up the start for an hour and a half and left sodden fairways and greens to add to the golfers' worries.
      • The early evening kick-off saw a number of players stranded in rush hour traffic and the start was delayed.
      • Cricket commitments meant that I was always going to be an hour late for the start.

    • 2.2(lead, advantage)

      ventaja feminine
      this gave him a start over his competitor esto le dio (una) ventaja con respecto a su contrincante
      • Sulamani was not too well away and gave most of his rivals plenty of start.
      • It world take forever to find the pair in town, especially with nearly an hour head start.
      • His oldest brother, Tory, would give him an hour's head start before following in his car.
      • The limit riders headed off with a 23 minute start, but were caught at about the half way mark several kilometres after Mokepilly.
      • The senior race also climbs to this summit, the first of five they have to climb (the juniors only do one), and with a five minute start the first junior usually beats the first senior to the top.

    • 2.3(starting line, gate)

      salida feminine
      línea de partida feminine

  • 3

    to give a start dar un respingo
    • to give sb a start darle / pegarle un susto a algn
    • I woke up with a start me desperté sobresaltado

transitive verb

  • 1

    (conversation/journey/negotiations) empezar
    (conversation/journey/negotiations) comenzar
    (conversation/journey/negotiations) iniciar
    (job/course) empezar
    (job/course) comenzar
    to start -ing, to start to + inf empezar a + inf
    the newspaper started life as a weekly magazine el periódico comenzó / empezó siendo una revista semanal
    • I start work at eight empiezo / entro a trabajar a las ocho
    • don't start that again! ¡no vuelvas con eso!
    • I should continue what I started and take more classes so I can get a certificate out of it.
    • As we approached the coast we started to fly over buildings and roads, growing denser the closer we got to the airport.
    • Riley starts to push me forward, but I turn around and push his hands off of me.
    • The band, having recognised the song, started to play, building up to the crescendo.
    • As we started to leave the building, we ran into Vince and had a brief meeting with him.
    • The kids who live in the house next door to us have started to learn the recorder.
    • As firefighters started to drag the door out of the way, there was a sudden ignition of petrol vapour causing a fireball.
    • After the game, he told me he wanted to start weight training to be the best that he could be.
    • As we started to travel to the beach I noticed a lake of over 4 acres on our left-hand side.
    • Ronnie made his way to the bottom of the stairs and started to crawl up them.
    • He started to move to the front door, but was stopped short as a coughing fit hit him.
    • The baby starts kicking and Claire moves her hand on to her stomach.
    • I've also started job hunting, and there's an incredible choice of jobs in this city.
    • I am happy to go back to Canada and start furnishing and living in our new house.
    • He started attending drama classes at 19 while working in a factory job he hated.
    • As soon as the envelope arrived, Logan had started planning how he'd spend the money.
    • Dylan turned around, took a deep breath, and surprised Riley by starting to cry.
    • Jason jumped up and started to go upstairs to his room with the box of shoes in his hand.
    • To her surprise, the nobleman started to laugh and he continued to laugh for some time.
    • Stas and Anton came running out of the building and we started to run towards what I think was Juhani's place.
    • They are set to start work today and will follow recommendations from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
    • And now the man who started cutting hair as a boy is beginning to out-Sassoon Vidal.
    • She started night classes in 1997 and quickly developed a taste for medieval and early modern history.
    • She starts kindergarten today at Riverside Presbyterian Day School.
    • For someone who started her serious acting career as a mother, Suhasini has no regrets.
    • Trouble continued on the land in Ireland when Gladstone started his second ministry in 1880.
    • The card is aimed at fresh university graduates or those starting their first jobs.
    • Jin called and told me he's starting third grade in a week or two and that he wished I was there to make him feel better.
    • Most of the members started their Guiding careers in the Brownies, and Marjorie is no exception.
    • And it also makes me worry, because he was starting his postdoc when I was barely in my thesis lab.
    • Undergraduates starting their studies at York St John College are worried about the lack of junior posts available to complete their training.
    • Lisa has just started her third level studies in Galway and is wished every success.
    • The state pools the money and invests it, then pays tuition when the child starts college.
    • The girls all want to start part-time work to begin saving for overseas travel.
    • Sally Tomkins, 43, is a full-time mother from Bolton who wanted to buy a computer for her son before he starts university in October.
    • When her children started school she began to look for a job in the tourism area.
    • Best wishes also to all who are going to Third Level, starting an Apprenticeship or beginning a new job.
    • This week primary school teacher Mrs Trainor held a meeting for parents of children who will be starting primary school in September.
    • However, I really should catch up with the girls before they start their promising careers.
    • The scheme is aimed at alleviating some of the initial costs people face when they start work after a period of unemployment.
  • 2

    (cause to begin)
    (race) dar comienzo a
    (race) largar Southern Cone, Mexico
    (fashion) empezar
    (fashion) iniciar
    (fire/epidemic) provocar
    (argument/fight) empezar
    (war/country) empezar
    (war/incident) desencadenar
    to start sb on sth/-ing
    to start sb -ing
    stop hitting her! — she started it ¡deja de pegarle! — fue ella la que empezó
    • don't (you) start anything with me! ¡no te metas conmigo!
    • Fire chiefs believe the blaze may have been started by arsonists.
    • A Hampshire firefighter became an arsonist so that he would be called out to the blazes he had started himself.
    • There were also more than 2,000 rubbish blazes started by firebugs in Bradford.
    • The blaze was started by a cigarette which had not been properly extinguished in the smoking room.
    • South Wales Police believe the blaze may have been started deliberately after finding two separate seats to the fire.
    • The blaze was accidentally started by welders working on the building.
    • The developers want to start work on the site at the end of this year, with a view to opening in 2006.
    • Developers will start work on skateparks in Braintree and Witham in less than two weeks.
    • Developers can start work on the site once they have met the conditions of their application.
    • A caretaker has been praised after he tackled one of three suspicious blazes which were started at a secondary school.
    • The blaze had been inadvertently started by a mountain climber trying to burn toilet paper on Sunday.
    • The blazes are believed to have been deliberately started by children.
    • This approval means we can start work on developing the service to make this a reality.
    • Wherever they take their instruments and PVC trousers, these Bond dames seem to start trouble.
    • Yet what Petronzi knew was that many others would use the Heysel link as an excuse to start trouble.
    • My father would never start trouble, only try to defend himself if he was in danger.
    • This means you are the one who starts and continues the conversation.
    • We could all participate by not starting, or continuing, a conflict with our family, neighbours or work colleagues.
    • Prior to starting transmission, the device would monitor the radio environment for a radar's presence.
    • It's no surprise then that he starts most of the fights, and suffers most of the insults, at the hands of his fellow bandmates.
    • I was a bit worried that it might all get too hot and start a fire before then.
    • Then he starts a Slam Dunk competition between Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady.
    • She took centre stage when starting last year's junior race before joining in to raise more cash for Francis House.
    • He started the first running race and cheered the young athletes on in the warm sunshine.
    • The De Nardi Colpack rider was not allowed to start the Tour of Lombardy World Cup race.
  • 3

    (business) abrir
    (business) montar
    (business) poner
    (organization/charity) fundar
    (plan) poner en marcha
    his father started him in his own business el padre le montó / le puso un negocio
    • I need $20,000 to get me started necesito 20.000 dólares para empezar
    • Now, a sports column is nothing more than a springboard, a gig that starts you on your way to becoming a multimedia star.
    • It was no doubt the arrival of the ZX Spectrum that started him on his career.
    • She credits childhood reading of Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov for starting her on her career.
    • Willynilly is the game that originally started me writing this book.
  • 4

    (cause to operate)
    (engine/dishwasher) encender
    (engine/dishwasher) prender Latin America
    (car) arrancar
    (car) poner en marcha
    (car) hacer partir Chile
    • It's quite amazing; the merest hint of a parking ticket is enough to start car engines at almost a hundred metres.
    • You'd be surprised at what can be done to make the flight safer before starting the engine
    • He seemed to be having some trouble starting the little cutting machine up.
    • I heard the car being started and I hurried back to find Herself backing down the driveway.
    • One woman said she had a sense of foreboding while the aircraft was still on the ground because the pilot had trouble starting one of the engines.
    • The owner of the vehicle heard it being started and gave chase in another car.
    • Deuterium Boy belted himself in as Chris started the motor and began backing out.
    • They targeted luxury cars which, thanks to modern security devices, could not be started without the car keys.
    • Water gushed into the hold space and the captain ordered the pumps started.
    • I know the ignition was in the on position but to be honest I don't remember the engine being started.
    • The system also allows for the car to be started by simply pressing a button on the dash.

intransitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1(begin)

      (school/term/meeting) empezar
      (school/term/meeting) comenzar
      (school/term/meeting) iniciarse formal
      (noise/pain/journey/race) empezar
      (noise/pain/journey/race) comenzar
      to start by -ing empezar por + inf

      • you can start by reading this
      to start from sth
      • the tour starts from the station at two o'clock
      • starting (from) next January
      when can you start? ¿cuándo puede empezar / comenzar?
      • the day started badly el día empezó mal
      • the party starts at eight la fiesta empieza / comienza a las ocho
      • prices start at $30 cuestan a partir de 30 dólares
      • to start again or (US also) over volver a empezar
      • The film starts at 7.45 pm and there will be a smoking ban during the performance.
      • Training camp for officials begins Friday, and the regular season starts Nov. 2.
      • The gates will open at 4.45 pm, one hour before the concert starts.
      • The New Wimbledon Theatre's own summer season starts at the end of August, with a two-week run of The King and I.
      • ‘The season starts now,’ he says, before reeling off the names of almost his entire squad.
      • With plenty of stretching and running the players will be fit and raring to go when the season starts at Old Trafford in August.
      • Because fires can start anywhere smoke alarms are ideal for early detection.
      • My brother kept the vehicle going, and the storm eased as suddenly as it had started.
      • The rain stops as suddenly as it started but the streets still swirl with water.
      • As suddenly as it had started, the music stopped and there was a babble of conversation.
      • There was some time left before the lesson started and an idea suddenly occurred to me.
      • Psoriatic arthritis can start suddenly or slowly, and may affect only one joint or many.
      • Sliding Sands Trail starts at the Haleakala Visitor Center parking lot and drops 2,500 feet in 4 miles.
      • In February demolition work started, and the building was gutted, leaving just the shell.
      • Ideally, you should decide your lighting scheme before any building work has started.
      • Excavation at the Seymour site is expected to start by the end of this month.
      • The blaze started at 8pm, when it appears Eddie accidentally put a magazine on top of a lit candle.
      • Each ride will start at Pendle Leisure Centre in Colne at 11 am and will include a cafe-stop.
      • Mr Hainsworth said a £5.2 million refurbishment would start at the store in October.
      • The 20 mph zone will start at the point in North Street, where the road meets Bryans Close Road.

  • 2

    • 2.1(originate)

      (fashion/custom) empezar
      (fashion/custom) originarse
      it all started from an idea I had as a student todo surgió de una idea que tuve cuando era estudiante
      • the fire started in an upstairs room el incendio empezó en una habitación del piso alto

    • 2.2(be founded)

      ser fundado
      the business/society started some years ago la empresa/la sociedad fue fundada / se fundó hace algunos años

  • 3

    (set out)
    to start back emprender el regreso
    • to start up/down the stairs empezar a subir/bajar la escalera
    • it's time we started (for) home es hora de volver a casa
    • we start from the hotel at six salimos del hotel a las seis
    • Gently closing the door behind her she started down the stairs rubbing her eyes free from sleep as she did so.
    • Renfrew started forward, suddenly aware that he had not just been talking to himself.
    • I started towards the double doors, thinking that I should explain in person.
    • As he starts up the stairs, Harrison asks him where he is going.
    • Satisfied, Arlie started back up the stairs, but curiosity got the better of her.
    • The loud silver Chevy arrived and the two girls jumped out and started for the truck he was in.
    • Suddenly curious, Rayne starts forward, eager to discover what the shop contained.
    • Rick started toward the door of the medical bay and entered the white room.
    • He started up the stairs, with me in tow, bags and all.
    • Daren moved and then got up and started toward the door not saying anything to Kristen.
    • He started up the stairs, leaving Gabrielle, obviously expecting her to follow.
    • She starts for the stairs and this time, she hears their footsteps behind her.
    • I opened it and saw all the food and scooped it into my arms and started toward the stairs.
    • She had started toward the stairs when she saw her father asleep in his favorite chair.
    • She took one last look at her bedroom, before starting down the stairs.
    • The tall man reached the stairs and started down them, both Nisren and Elleen in tow.
    • Moira nodded in agreement and we both started down the stairs to talk to the guys.
    • However, just as the twins were starting down the stairs, a cry roared down the hall.
    • He followed her out the door and grabbed her arm before she started down the stairs.
    • Closing the door he started down the stairs once more, planning to go out to the tree house.
  • 4

    (begin to operate)
    (car) arrancar
    (car) partir Chile
    (dishwasher) empezar a funcionar
    (dishwasher) ponerse en marcha
    the car won't start el coche no arranca
    • Soon, she heard the engine starting and the sound of the Land Rover rolling out of the driveway.
    • They returned to their nearby home, went to bed and shortly afterwards, the car alarm started.
    • The caboose starts suddenly, then eases to a gentle roll.
    • Several showers of sparks later I made the correct connection and the car started.
    • Just as the cart was starting, Kirsten jumped out of the cart.
    • Push the gas down and the engine starts instantly and off you go.
    • The engine starts at the same revs it was doing before.
    • The diesel engine starts easily and the first impression of the car is how quiet it is.
    • What he can do is enter a special code, and the car's engine will not start.
    • One day I turned the key, the ignition light came on but the engine didn't start.
    • There was a muted roar combined with a yelp from Happy as the Turbo jet engine started.
    • The mechanic had the engine started, peered in and listened to the noise with closed eyes.
    • You just potter about quite normally, completely unaware that the engine is starting and stopping constantly.
    • According to reports, the engine wouldn't start and they couldn't swim to the vessel against the current.
    • Twenty seconds later Wendy heard the faint sound of a car engine starting.
    • Then the engine started and I saw him back out of the driveway and squeal off down the road.
    • Once he was inside the sedan, she heard the engine starting and the next moment the car zoomed away.
    • He was already to his Hummer and the engine started when she came out onto the porch and watched him speed off.
    • The engine finally started by the time the troops were about to jump onto the plane.
    • She was only vaguely aware of the sound of car engines starting and the flash of headlights illuminating them as they drove by.
  • 5

    (move suddenly) dar un respingo
    (be frightened) asustarse
    (be frightened) sobresaltarse
    I started (up) from my chair me levanté de la silla de un salto
    • she started at the noise el ruido la sobresaltó / la asustó
    • she started out of her dream se despertó de su sueño sobresaltada
    • tears started to her eyes los ojos se le llenaron de lágrimas
    • Everyone started, surprised, until they realised it had been the Queen speaking.
    • She started and jumped up, looking at Tobias with an expression that was close to fright.
    • Cinaed started slightly in surprise as he heard the door he had set his back to start to open.
    • When we broke apart the next time, she started suddenly, as if coming out of a dream.
    • The closed door opened suddenly and Angel started but it was only a rather small woman.
  • 6

    (eyes) salirse de las órbitas
    • Then she came wriggling back, with repentant doleful eyes starting upward and a knife behind her back.
    • She looked at me with her round eyes starting from her face, and then turned over her shoulder to see if her gasp had alerted anyone.

There are 2 main translations of START in Spanish

: start1START2



Pronunciation /stɑrt/ /stɑːt/


  • 1

    START masculine