start out

phrasal verb
started out; starting out; starts out

Definition of start out

1 : 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.
2 : 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.
3 : 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.
4 : to begin a trip They started out in the early morning.
5 : to have a particular place as a beginning point The parade starts out at the intersection of First and Main.

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“Start out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/start%20out. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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