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English definition of “start (something) off”

start (something) off

phrasal verb with start
 
/stɑrt/ verb
B1 to begin by doing something, or to make something begin by doing something: She started off her essay with a quote from the book. I’d like to start off by thanking you all for coming.
(Definition of start (something) off from the Websters Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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