start out

phrasal verb

started out; starting out; starts out
: to begin in a specified way
He started out by introducing himself.
She started out at a slow jog.
The day started out hot and humid.
The story started out good, but I didn't like the ending.
She started out wanting to be a doctor but became a midwife instead.
often + with
I started out with $100 but I have only $10 left.
Let's start out with some warm-up exercises.
: to have a specified quality, identity, job, etc., at the start
What started out as a simple idea has become an expensive and complicated project.
He started out in teaching before becoming a lawyer.
: to begin an important period in one's life or career
The couple is just starting out.
She started out on a career in teaching.
: to begin a trip
They started out in the early morning.
: to have a particular place as a beginning point
The parade starts out at the intersection of First and Main.

Examples of start out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Medina started out delivering food on a bicycle, switched to an electric bike, and now is using a moped to make the longer trips. Jason Ma, Fortune, 8 June 2024 The band started out as an opening act at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, before first headlining there in 1966. David Caraccio, Sacramento Bee, 7 June 2024 In boys basketball, Eastvale Roosevelt, the Open Division runner-up, starts out as the favorite, led by guard Brayden Burries. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2024 The name Lilly Pulitzer is synonymous with summery clothing in vivid colors and wild patterns, but the brand started out of pure practicality. Lisa Cericola, Southern Living, 2 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for start out 

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“Start out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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