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to start with

Definition of to start with

  1. 1 —used to introduce a statement that is the first in a series of statements <“I don't think we should buy the car.” “Why not?” “To start with, I'm not sure we can afford it.”>

  2. 2 :  at the beginning :  before the current time or situation <She has lost a lot of weight, and she wasn't very heavy to start with.> <He didn't like his job to start with, but he got used to it eventually.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to move suddenly and violently :  spring

    :  to react with a sudden brief involuntary movement

    :  to issue with sudden force

  1. :  a sudden involuntary bodily movement or reaction

    :  a brief and sudden action or movement

    :  a sudden capricious impulse or outburst

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