cause sudden fear in or fill with sudden panic; "The mere thought of an isolation cell panicked the prisoners"
sudden mass fear and anxiety over anticipated events; "panic in the stock market"; "a war scare"; "a bomb scare led them to evacuate the building"
be overcome by a sudden fear; "The students panicked when told that final exams were less than a week away"
a turn to be a starter (in a game at the beginning); "he got his start because one of the regular pitchers was in the hospital"; "his starting meant that the coach thought he was one of their best linemen"
begin or set in motion; "I start at eight in the morning"; "Ready, set, go!"
move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm; "She startled when I walked into the room"
a sudden involuntary movement; "he awoke with a start"
leave; "The family took off for Florida"
the advantage gained by beginning early (as in a race); "with an hour's start he will be hard to catch"
bulge outward; "His eyes popped"
a signal to begin (as in a race); "the starting signal was a green light"; "the runners awaited the start"
begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job; "Take up a position"; "start a new job"
the beginning of anything; "it was off to a good start"