Definition of starting point noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    starting point

    BrE BrE//ˈstɑːtɪŋ pɔɪnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstɑːrtɪŋ pɔɪnt//
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  1. 1starting point (for something) a thing, an idea or a set of facts that can be used to begin a discussion or process The article served as a useful starting point for our discussion. Your paper provides a useful starting point for the discussion.
  2. 2the place where you begin a journey More Like This Compound nouns with –ing forms airing cupboard, answering machine, asking price, baking powder, betting shop, boarding school, booking office, bowling alley, breathing space, breeding ground, changing room, clotting factor, cutting room, draining board, drinking water, eating apple, housing estate, icing sugar, living room, meeting place, nursing home, punching bag, racing car, sleeping pill, starting point, tuning fork, waiting room, working partySee worksheet.
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