EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STARTED
Eudora started, when she saw the well-known writing of Philæmon.
He called a cab for the old man, and saw him started safely off up-town.
The pails were provided, and Robert started on his expedition.
An employee who had come down with them started to be their guide.
The boy shouldered the carpetbag and started in advance, Robert following.
We started from Perth on the afternoon of Wednesday, the 30th of March, 1870.
On the 14th, therefore, we started, carrying with us about thirty gallons of water.
He had started on the return journey, and was only a mile from Yuin when we overtook him.
He started at the words, and looked eagerly in her face for an explanation.
And if I'd known as much about you then as I know now, I'd never have started to hound you.
Old English *steortian, *stiertan, Kentish variants of styrtan "to leap up" (related to starian "to stare"), from Proto-Germanic *sturtjan- (cf. Old Frisian stirta "to fall, tumble," Middle Dutch sterten, Dutch storten "to rush, fall," Old High German sturzen, German stürzen "to hurl, throw, plunge"), of unknown origin.
From "move or spring suddenly," sense evolved by late 14c. to "awaken suddenly, flinch or recoil in alarm," and 1660s to "cause to begin acting or operating." Meaning "begin to move, leave, depart" is from 1821. The connection is probably from sporting senses ("to force an animal from its lair," late 14c.).
Related: Started; starting. To start something "cause trouble" is 1917, American English colloquial. Starting block first recorded 1937.