start off - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb
present tense
I/you/we/theystart off
he/she/itstarts off
present participlestarting off
past tensestarted off
past participlestarted off
  1. 1
    [transitive] to make something begin

    We don’t want to start off a riot.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to begin, especially in a particular way or by doing a particular thing

    She started off well, but slowed down halfway through the race.

    start off with:

    Let’s start off with a few questions from the audience.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to begin moving, or to begin a journey

    He started off for the station at a brisk pace.

  4. 4
    [transitive] informal to make someone behave in a silly or emotional way about something

    Take care what you say or you’ll start her off again.

See also main entry: start