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

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"start (sth) off" in British English

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start (sth) off

phrasal verb with start uk /stɑːt/ us /stɑːrt/ verb

B1 to begin by doing something, or to make something begin by doing something:

She started off the meeting with the monthly sales report.
I'd like to start off by thanking you all for coming today.

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  • I'm going to start off by introducing two new members of staff.
  • He started off by summarizing Martin's sales report.
  • He started off as a children's entertainer.
  • I started off my career in a small company in Birmingham.
  • I started off the day well enough but I'm beginning to droop.

(Definition of “start (sth) off” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"start (sth) off" in Business English

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start (sth) off

phrasal verb with start uk /stɑːt/ us verb

to begin by doing something, or to make something begin by doing something:

The mortgages started off with a lower introductory rate but have risen in the past few years.
She started off the meeting by presenting the monthly sales report.

(Definition of “start (sth) off” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)