1. [ verb ] teach immoral behavior to
Synonyms: lead_astray

"It was common practice to lead off the young ones, and teach 'em bad habits."

Related terms: corrupt
2. [ verb ] set in motion, cause to start
Synonyms: start begin commence

"The U.S. started a war in the Middle East" "The Iraqis began hostilities" "begin a new chapter in your life"

Related terms: end end start set_off inaugurate jump-start recommence begin beginning start beginning founder begin
Similar spelling:   let_off