Definition of to start with in English:

to start with


  • 1At first.

    ‘she wasn't very keen on the idea to start with’
    • ‘Ren had been against the idea to start with saying it was too public, there was too great a risk that someone would recognise one of us.’
    • ‘I picked one of my Greek favourites, the Salata Snezhanka four leva, to start with.’
    • ‘He was a bit reluctant to co-operate to start with, but when the project was explained to him he was happy to help.’
    • ‘The audience sat sedately to start with, expecting a traditional folk dance.’
    • ‘But production can only push the music so far if the band's soul isn't there to start with.’
    • ‘OK, so lots of people think that going deep into a dark, narrow cave is a bad idea to start with.’
    • ‘I think we'll try again tomorrow when he wakes up and hopefully he'll be in a considerably better mood to start with.’
    • ‘Inevitably you realise you don't perform them any more because they weren't good to start with.’
    • ‘And nor do I know how many megajoules the magnetic field had to start with.’
    • ‘This comes as a three-course meal, packed with a variety of kebabs to start with.’
    at first, at the start, at the outset, at the beginning, in the beginning, to begin with, to start with, originally, in the early stages, in the first instance
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    1. 1.1 As the first thing to be taken into account.
      ‘to start with, I was feeling down’
      • ‘It just makes me wonder who the heck has called him a genius to start with?’
      • ‘It's causing me worry and depression and my health is not good to start with because I have emphysema and arthritis.’
      • ‘So, to start with, these are the films that I could watch over and over.’
      • ‘Poetry shouldn't be friendly, period, to start with, and it's not there for users.’