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phrasal verb [intransitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theystart out
he/she/itstarts out
present participlestarting out
past tensestarted out
past participlestarted out
  1. 1
    to begin as one thing and develop into something else
    start out as:

    Some businesses start out as hobbies.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of start out
    1. a.
      used about someone's career

      He started out as a salesperson before turning to poetry.

  2. 2
    to begin a trip

    We started out at five o'clock and got there at eight.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of start out
  3. 3
    to intend to do or be something
    start out to do something:

    She didn't start out to be a model.

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