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kick

verb \ ˈkik \

Definition of kick

intransitive verb
1 a :to strike out with the foot or feet
b :to make a kick in football
2 a :to show opposition :resist, rebel
b :to protest strenuously or urgently :express grave discontent; broadly :complain
3 :to function with vitality and energy
  • alive and kicking
4 of a firearm :to recoil when fired
5 :to go from one place to another as circumstance or whim dictates
6 :to run at a faster speed during the last part of a race
transitive verb
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
2 :to score by kicking a ball
3 :to heap reproaches upon (oneself)
  • kicked themselves for not going
4 :to free oneself of (something, such as a drug habit)

kickable

play \ˈki-kə-bəl\ adjective
kick ass
often vulgar :to kick butt
kick butt
:to use forceful or coercive measures in order to achieve a purpose; also :to succeed or win overwhelmingly
kick over the traces
:to cast off restraint, authority, or control
kick the bucket
:die
kick up one's heels
1 :to show sudden delight
2 :to have a lively time
kick upstairs
: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.

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Origin and Etymology of kick

Middle English kiken


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kick

noun

Definition of kick

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 :a sudden forceful jolt or thrust suggesting a kick; especially :the recoil of a gun
4 a :a feeling or expression of opposition or objection
  • a kick against the administration
b :the grounds for objection
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 :kicker 2
7 kicks plural, US slang :shoes or sneakers
  • … nothing draws more attention to a rare pair of kicks than the cuffed hem of slim sweats.
  • —Steve Dool

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

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KICK Defined for English Language Learners

kick

verb

Definition of kick for English Language Learners

  • : 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


kick

noun

Definition of kick for English Language Learners

  • : 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


KICK Defined for Kids

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kick

verb \ ˈkik \

Definition of kick for Students

kicked; kicking
1 :to hit with the foot
  • kick a ball
2 :to move the legs forcefully Our swimming instructor reminded us to kick.
3 :to put an end to
  • kick a habit

kicker

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

noun

Definition of kick for Students

1 :a blow with the foot
2 :the act of hitting a ball with the foot
3 :a feeling or source of pleasure
  • He gets a kick out of racing.
4 :a usually sudden strong interest He's on a health kick.


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