Definition of start out phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's 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 2001. 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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