Definition of start out phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

start out

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1 to begin to do something, especially in business or work to start out in business She started out on her legal career in 2008. When the band started out, they couldn't afford much equipment.
  2. 2to have a particular intention when you begin something start out to do something I started out to write a short story, but it soon developed into a novel.
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