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1. To begin again; to make a fresh start. We practiced the song for hours, starting over whenever anyone missed a note. I didn't like the direction the painting was taking, so I decided to start over. Sometimes I feel like moving out to the coast and starting over.
2. To make someone or something start again from the beginning. A noun or pronoun is usually used between "start" and "over." Let's start the tape over and see if we can hear any other clues. The professor wasn't impressed with my first draft of the thesis, so he started me over from the beginning. Sorry I'm late. Can we start the movie over?
start someone over
to cause someone to begin again; to lead someone to begin again. The orchestra messed up the first few bars, so the conductor started them over again. I hope the conductor doesn't start us over again. This is getting boring to play.
to begin again. I have messed this up so much that there is nothing to do now but start over. When you start over, try to do it right this time.
Begin again, as in This article is no good; I'll have to start over. [Early 1900s]
1. To begin again: After the waves wrecked my sandcastle, I started over on higher ground.
2. To cause something to begin again: We started the movie over when the last guest arrived.