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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Outlook: The Lakers have to get off to a fast start with 15 of their first 20 games at home.
Secure shredding firms who start with either exclusively a plant-based or a mobile truck-based business model will certainly be tempted to "negative sell" against the other business model as they seek to gain customers and build market share.
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.
Adduction (Photo 4): Start with the legs in the widest position possible, and then bring them toward the mid-line of the body, with the resistance being applied to the inner thigh region.
Leg Extension (Photo 5): Start with legs in the flexed position and then extend them to a position just short of lockout.
Leg Curl (Photo 6): Start with the legs in the extended position and then curl them to the fully flexed position.
Caution turned to concern when Brown left his June 17 start with a strained groin, then 16 days later suffered the abdominal strain while running the bases.
We've got a good customer base, and with The Right Start with us, we have no competition any more.
Baldwin was scratched from his Wednesday start with a strained oblique muscle in his left side.