start with

start with (someone or something)

1. To begin (some journey, endeavor, project, etc.) with some particular possession or resource. A noun or pronoun can be used between "start" and "with." Each contestant starts with 1,000 points, which goes down after an incorrect answer. I started this company with the money I inherited from my grandfather.
2. To begin some process with some particular thing. Why don't you start with the food that's on your plate, and you can go back for more if you're still hungry later. I start every painting with a rough sketch, adding detail and color as I go.
3. To limit oneself to something at the beginning of some activity, endeavor, or process. A noun or pronoun can be used between "start" and "with." Why don't you start with the food that's on your plate, and you can go back for more if you're still hungry later. I know this is your first time playing football, so let's just start with some of the basic techniques.
4. To begin a video game with a particular character, item, skillset, etc. A noun or pronoun can be used between "start" and "with." You start with either Reinhardt Schneider or Carrie Fernandez, though the game is largely the same regardless of whom you select. The main character starts the game with a basic attack that doesn't deal very much damage, but you are able to upgrade it along the way.
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start (off) with someone or something

to begin a task or a process with someone or something. I will start off with one volunteer and then add others as we go along. I will start off with one hot dog and get another later if I want it.
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Wrist Extension: Turn to the palms-down position on the bench, and start with the hand hanging over the edge in a pre-stretched position (photo 3).
Start with fingers extended, and then flex them into a tight fist.
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Hip Flexion (Photo 1): Start with the leg in the extended position.
Hip Extension (Photo 2): Start with the hips in the flexed position.
Abduction (Photo 3): Start with the legs close together, and then widen them beyond the mid-line of the body as far as possible, with the resistance being applied to the outer hip/thigh areas.
To determine price, he suggests that you start with the opportunity costs: how much your child would make at a regular job, say $4.25 per hour.
Neck flexion: Start with the head in the extended position, and then gradually flex it forward against the resistance.
Neck extension: Start with the head in the flexed position, and then gradually extend it back against the resistance.
Let the swimmers start with water play and gradually guide them into using that time to swim lengths.
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