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Related to start out: start off
to begin. Whenever you are ready, we will start out. We can't start out until Tom is here.
start out (on something)
to begin something, such as a trip, a career, an investigation, etc. When we started out on this investigation, I never dreamed we would uncover so much. What time did you start out this morning?
start someone out
(as something) Go to start someone in (as something).
Set out on a trip, as in The climbers started out from base camp shortly after mid-night. [Early 1900s]
1. To have something as an origin; to have begun in some original form or manner: The owner started out working in the kitchen. Butterflies start out as caterpillars.
2. To begin some activity or movement: At sunrise, the hikers started out for the mountain.