(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Starting point
1. beginning, commencement, opening, outset, incipience, inception; alpha, initial; installation, inauguration, debut; foundation, reaction, initiation; embarkation, rising of the curtain, kickoff, take-off; outbreak, onset; big bang; initiative, first move, foot or toe in the door, running start, foothold; thin end of the wedge; fresh start, new departure, whole new ball game. Informal, coming out, square one. Slang, gitgo. See oldness.
2. (beginning of growth) origin, cause, fons et origo; source, rise; bud, seed, germ, egg, embryo, nucleus; root, radix, radical, etymon; stem, stock, stirps, trunk, taproot; genesis, birth, nativity; nest, cradle, infancy, womb, nidus, birthplace, hotbed; start, starting point; dawn, morning; first step, openers. Slang, jump street. See priority.
3. (something that starts) title page; head, heading, introduction, prelude (See precedence); front, forefront, van, vanguard; curtain raiser, appetizer, etc.; primum mobile.
4. (place of entrance) entrance (See ingress); outskirts.
5. (beginnings of learning) rudiments, basics; primer, alphabet, ABCs, first principles. Informal, nuts and bolts. See preparation, learning.
6. (one who begins) beginner, tyro, novice, neophyte, acolyte, freshman, rookie, recruit, cub, learner, amateur, debutant; first-time Charlie, low man on the totem pole (See inferiority). Informal, Johnny-come-lately.
7. (one who initiates) founder, initiator, creator; aborigine, native.
1. begin, commence, rise, arise, originate, see the light of day, open its doors, initiate, introduce, inaugurate, set up; install; open, dawn, set in, enter upon; set out, depart, embark on; make one's debut, take up; set about, start out or in, get off or away, get under way, go ahead, get down to, get going, get to, turn on, trigger, start up, kick off, boot, jump start, kick off, kick-start, initialize, press the button, strike up, set to work, fall to, dig in, make a beginning or start; take the first step, get one's feet wet, break ground, break the ice, break cover, cross the Rubicon, open fire; undertake, embark upon, enter upon or into; come on or up. Informal, get going, pitch, plunge, or dive in, swing into action; get the show on the road or off the ground, start the ball rolling, fire away; get to first base; get off on the wrong foot.
2. (be the first event) usher in, preface; lead off, lead the way, take the lead, start from scratch, take the initiative; inaugurate, swear in; engender (See reproduction); call to order, head, lay the foundations, prepare, break in, found, cause, set up, set on foot, start the ball rolling, launch, broach; open the door to. Informal, head up, ring in.
Adjectives — initial, initiatory, initiative; primary, pristine, maiden; inceptive, introductory, incipient; inaugural; embryonic, rudimentary; primeval, primordial, primitive, aboriginal, natal.
Adverbs — at first blush, glance, or sight, at or in the beginning, [at] first, in the first place, imprimis, first and foremost; in the bud, in its infancy, in the first flush; from the beginning, from [its] birth, from scratch, from the ground up, ab initio. Informal, from the word "go, " from the get-go, at the drop of a hat. Slang, from the gitgo.
Phrases — a good beginning makes a good ending; first impressions are the most lasting; the golden rule of life is, make a beginning.
Quotations — Who has begun has half done (Horace), The game's afoot! (Shakespeare), The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult (Mme. Du Deffand), A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step (Lao-tzu).
Antonyms, See end.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [The origin in point of time or place]
Syn. source, outset, day one*; see origin 2 .
2. [The origin, thought of as the cause]
Syn. germ, heart, antecedent; see origin 3 .
3. [The act of beginning]
Syn. start, opening, commencement, inception; see origin 1 .
See Synonym Study at origin .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. initiation onset, start, commencement, opening, launching, debut, outset, genesis, inception. ''A quarter of the journey.''—Henry Bohn.
2. origin source, root, fountain, seed, germ.
ANT.: 1. ending, closing, conclusion, finale
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun 1. The act or process of bringing or being brought into existence: commencement, inauguration, inception, incipience, incipiency, initiation, launch, leadoff, opening, origination, start. Informal: kickoff. See START. 2. The initial stage of a developmental process: birth, commencement, dawn, genesis, inception, nascence, nascency, onset, opening, origin, outset, spring, start. See START. 3. A point of origination: derivation, fount, fountain, fountainhead, mother, origin, parent, provenance, provenience, root1, rootstock, source, spring, well1. See START. II adjective 1. Of, relating to, or occurring at the start of something: inceptive, incipient, initial, initiatory, introductory, leadoff. See START. 2. At or near the start of a period, development, or series: early, first, initial. See START. 3. Of or treating the most basic aspects: basal, basic, elementary, rudimental, rudimentary. See SIMPLE, START.

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