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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theystart out
he/she/itstarts out
present participlestarting out
past tensestarted out
past participlestarted out
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  1. 1
    to begin as one thing and develop into something else
    start out as: Some businesses start out as hobbies.
    1. a.
      used about someones 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.
  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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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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