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1. To begin undertaking some task or activity. I'll get started on the dishes if you want to put the kids to bed. We're starting a new book in class that's supposed to be really interesting.
2. To instruct, cause, or compel someone to begin on something or to begin doing something as an initial starting point. A noun or pronoun is used between "start" and "on." We'll start you on some easy tasks so you get the hang of the job before we throw you into the deep end. They're starting me on algebra tables before we move up to anything more complicated.
3. To instruct, cause, or compel someone to begin a treatment of some kind for an illness, injury, or ailment. A noun or pronoun is used between "start" and "on." They're starting me on physical therapy next week to help my leg rebuild some of its muscle mass. I'm going to start you on a round of antibiotics. If you don't start feeling better in a few days, give me a call.
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start on someone or something
1. to begin dealing with someone or something. We have finished talking about Gary, and now we will start on Bob. We will start on dessert after you have finished your broccoli.
2. to begin to castigate someone or something Don't start on me! I didn't do anything wrong! The politician started on the opposing party, and everyone in the audience cheered.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To begin doing some project: After dinner, I started on my homework.
2. To cause someone to begin some diet, medication, or other corrective action taken or undertaken routinely: The doctor started me on antibiotics.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.