start out

verb(intr, adverb)
  1. to set out on a journey

  2. to take the first steps, as in life, one's career, etc: he started out as a salesman

  1. to take the first actions in an activity in a particular way or specified aim: they started out wanting a house, but eventually bought a flat

Words Nearby start out

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How to use start out in a sentence

  • My son gives the young men and women a complete wardrobe when they start out to win their way in life, and the details fall on me.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • He would hardly be likely to start out on a long trip across country without a watch, and yet nothing of the sort was discovered.

    Mystery Ranch | Arthur Chapman
  • To start out between the sections of an extra train would be to court destruction.

  • Newland and Tarlton is the firm that outfits most shooting parties that start out from Nairobi.

    In Africa | John T. McCutcheon
  • Hundreds of girls start out and find work for the first time without any evident responsibility on the part of even good mothers.

    The Leaven in a Great City | Lillian William Betts

Other Idioms and Phrases with start out

start out

Set out on a trip, as in The climbers started out from base camp shortly after mid-night. [Early 1900s]

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