Meaning of “start (something) off” in the English Dictionary

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"start (something) off" in American English

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start (something) off

phrasal verb with start us /stɑrt/ verb

to begin doing something:

I knew almost nothing when I started off in this business.
He started the meeting off by welcoming the new members.

(Definition of “start (something) off” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)