Definition of start off
1 : to start or cause (something) to start in a specified way He started off by introducing himself. She started off (her run) at a slow jog. The performance started off badly. —often + with I started off my speech with a joke. We started off the meal with shrimp cocktails. The team started the season off with a 10-game winning streak.
2 : to have a specified quality, identity, job, etc., at the start She started off as a sales assistant but is now the marketing director.
3 : to begin an important period in one's life or career The house is perfect for a couple just starting off.
4 : to begin to move toward a particular place or in a particular direction She ate breakfast before starting off for work.
5 : to cause (someone) to begin doing a particular activity or action He started his daughter off on the piano. The game-show host started her off with some easy questions.
Word by Word Definitions
: to move suddenly and violently : spring
: to react with a sudden brief involuntary movement
: to issue with sudden force
: a sudden involuntary bodily movement or reaction
: a brief and sudden action or movement
: a sudden capricious impulse or outburst
: from a place or position
: away from land
: at a distance in space or time
: used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union
: to seaward of
: from the possession or charge of
: more removed or distant
: to go away : depart
: kill, murder
: office; officer; official
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