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kick

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verb \ˈkik\

Simple Definition of kick

  • : to hit (someone or something) with your foot

  • : to move your leg or legs in the air or in water especially in a strong or forceful way

  • sports : to score (a goal) by kicking a ball

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of kick

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to strike out with the foot or feet b :  to make a kick in football

  3. 2 a :  to show opposition :  resist, rebel b :  to protest strenuously or urgently :  express grave discontent; broadly :  complain

  4. 3 :  to function with vitality and energy <alive and kicking>

  5. 4 of a firearm :  to recoil when fired

  6. 5 :  to go from one place to another as circumstance or whim dictates

  7. 6 :  to run at a faster speed during the last part of a race

  8. transitive verb
  9. 1 a :  to strike, thrust, or hit with the foot b :  to strike suddenly and forcefully as if with the foot c :  to remove by a kicking motion <kicked off her shoes> d :  to remove from a position or status <kicked him off the team>

  10. 2 :  to score by kicking a ball

  11. 3 :  to heap reproaches upon (oneself) <kicked themselves for not going>

  12. 4 :  to free oneself of (as a drug habit)

kickable

play \ˈki-kə-bəl\ adjective

kick ass

  1. often vulgar :  to kick butt

kick butt

  1. :  to use forceful or coercive measures in order to achieve a purpose; also :  to succeed or win overwhelmingly

kick over the traces

  1. :  to cast off restraint, authority, or control

kick the bucket

  1. :  die

kick up one's heels

  1. 1 :  to show sudden delight

  2. 2 :  to have a lively time

kick upstairs

  1. :  to promote to a higher but less desirable position

Examples of kick in a sentence

  1. The attacker kicked him in the stomach.

  2. She lost her temper and kicked over the box.

  3. He kicked the ball into the goal.

  4. She kicked the ball to me.

  5. The policeman kicked the door open.

  6. The baby kicked his legs in the air.

  7. The swimming instructor reminded the children to kick their legs as they swam.

  8. The baby kicked with pleasure.

  9. He kicked the winning field goal.

  10. When he was 25, he kicked his cocaine habit and went back to school.



Origin and Etymology of kick

Middle English kiken


First Known Use: 14th century


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kick

noun

Simple Definition of kick

  • : an act of hitting someone or something with your foot : a sudden forceful movement with your foot

  • : an act of hitting a ball with your foot

  • : a sudden forceful movement

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of kick

  1. 1 a :  a blow or sudden forceful thrust with the foot; specifically :  a sudden propelling of a ball with the foot b :  the power to kick c :  a rhythmic motion of the legs used in swimming d :  a burst of speed in racing

  2. 2 :  a sudden forceful jolt or thrust suggesting a kick; especially :  the recoil of a gun

  3. 3 :  pocket, wallet

  4. 4 a :  a feeling or expression of opposition or objection <a kick against the administration> b :  the grounds for objection

  5. 5 a :  an effect suggestive of a kick <chili with a kick> b :  a stimulating or pleasurable effect or experience <got a big kick out of meeting him> c :  pursuit of an absorbing or obsessive new interest <a skiing kick>

  6. 6 :  kicker 2

Examples of kick in a sentence

  1. He gave me a kick in the leg.

  2. If you give the machine a little kick, it should start working again.

  3. a long kick in football



1530

First Known Use of kick

1530

Other Field and Goal Sports Terms



KICK Defined for Kids

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kick

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verb \ˈkik\

Definition of kick for Students

kicked

kicking

  1. 1 :  to hit with the foot <kick a ball>

  2. 2 :  to move the legs forcefully <Our swimming instructor reminded us to kick.>

  3. 3 :  to put an end to <kick a habit>

kicker

noun

kick off

  1. 1 :  to start play in a game (as in football or soccer) by kicking the ball

  2. 2 :  begin 1 <Then he said, “Okay! Third grade! … We're going to try something different to kick off the year …” — Megan McDonald, Judy Moody>




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kick

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noun

Definition of kick for Students

  1. 1 :  a blow with the foot

  2. 2 :  the act of hitting a ball with the foot

  3. 3 :  a feeling or source of pleasure <He gets a kick out of racing.>

  4. 4 :  a usually sudden strong interest <He's on a health kick.>





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