Definition of to start with in English:

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to start with

1At first: she wasn’t very keen on the idea to start with
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  • OK, so lots of people think that going deep into a dark, narrow cave is a bad 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.
  • The audience sat sedately to start with, expecting a traditional folk dance.
1.1As the first thing to be taken into account: to start with, I was feeling down
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  • 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.
  • It just makes me wonder who the heck has called him a genius to start with?
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