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.
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
: in a direction away from the inside or center
: from among others
: eject, oust
: to identify publicly as being such secretly
: to identify as being a closet homosexual
: used as a function word to indicate an outward movement
: situated outside : external
: situated at a distance : outlying
: one who is out of office or power or on the outside
: an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball
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