Definition of start off (or start someone/something off) in English:

start off (or start someone/something off)

phrasal verb

  • Begin (or cause someone or something to begin) to operate or do something.

    ‘treatment should start off with attention to diet’
    ‘what started you off on this search?’
    • ‘Thanks to Nick for starting me off on reading Robert Rankin.’
    • ‘Our parents started us off in music when we were very young.’
    • ‘He starts things off by revisiting the acoustic song ‘Big Mama's Door’ from his debut, instilling a bit more muscle in the mix - the hard-rock reworking easily transcends his original.’
    • ‘There's that playful, percussive guitar which starts it off, and there are those multiple false endings, and the entire song does actually sound like lots of fun, as long as you don't listen to the words.’
    • ‘Her senior year had just begun, and she wanted to start it off with a bang.’
    • ‘If you are a jazz-rock-fusion fan, I highly recommend starting your musical year off right by getting this CD.’
    • ‘I gave his mother a hug when she began to cry, she started me off too, and just then I noticed that she must have been hurting more than I was.’
    • ‘But the basic story's a hoax newspaper article from Chicago which people don't realise is a hoax, and that's what starts the whole thing off.’
    • ‘The ceremonies were started off with a Catholic mass in the cathedral in Monaco.’
    • ‘Kate starts things off singing something called ‘I Wish’.’