start off

Definition of start off

  1. 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. 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. 3 :  to begin an important period in one's life or career The house is perfect for a couple just starting off.

  4. 4 :  to begin to move toward a particular place or in a particular direction She ate breakfast before starting off for work.

  5. 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

  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

  1. :  from a place or position

    :  away from land

    :  at a distance in space or time

  1. : 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

  1. :  seaward

    :  right

    :  more removed or distant

  1. :  to go away :  depart

    :  kill, murder

  1. : office; officer; official

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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