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Definition of starter noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a person, horse, car, etc. that is in a race at the beginning Only 8 of the 28 starters completed the course. compare nonstarter
  2. 2a person who gives the signal for a race to start the starter's gun
  3. 3a device used for starting the engine of a vehicle the starter button/switch a starter motor
  4. 4a person who begins doing a particular activity in the way mentioned He was a late starter in ballet (= older than most people when they start). a slow starter see also self-starter
  5. 5(often used as an adjective) something that is intended to be used by someone who is starting to do something a starter home (= a small home for someone who is buying property for the first time) a starter kit/pack
  6. Idioms
    for starters (informal)
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    used to emphasize the first of a list of reasons, opinions, etc., or to say what happens first There are a number of problems—for starters, where is the money coming from? The winners will be flown to Paris—and that's just for starters.
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