start off

phrasal verb

started off; starting off; starts off
: 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.
: to have a specified quality, identity, job, etc., at the start
She started off as a sales assistant but is now the marketing director.
: to begin an important period in one's life or career
The house is perfect for a couple just starting off.
: to begin to move toward a particular place or in a particular direction
She ate breakfast before starting off for work.
: 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.

Examples of start off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Swapping out the song’s chunky ’80s synths for a piano and acoustic guitar combo, Carpenter started off slow, taking Roan’s octave-jumping chorus down for a more somber take on the track. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 18 June 2024 Billed as a battle for first place, the three-game set started off much differently than the Yankees’ first series this season against the Orioles. Peter Sblendorio, New York Daily News, 18 June 2024 But the American diary for a truly die-hard socialite needing to be seen at the right place could start off by attending the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, where by long tradition vast amounts of mint juleps are consumed and ladies get to sport the most ornate of hats. Louis J. Esterhazy, WWD, 16 June 2024 Inside Out 2 has started off its domestic box office run with a joyful $13 million in previews, well ahead of expectations and putting the movie on course to become the first title of 2024 to clear $100 million in its debut. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for start off 

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“Start off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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