kick in

kicked in; kicking in; kicks in

Definition of kick in

intransitive verb

1 : to begin operating or having an effect : get started waiting for the heater to kick in
2 : to make a contribution
3 slang : die

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Examples of kick in in a Sentence

if everyone in the department kicks in, we can give him an especially nice present for his retirement the ornery cuss finally kicked in at the ripe old age of 90
Recent Examples on the Web When the egg grows huge and hatches and a giant, black, bird humanoid emerges, Tinja’s maternal instincts kick in. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2022 The song begins with a simple guitar beat before soft hi-hats and 808s kick in. Neena Rouhani, Billboard, 20 Apr. 2022 Two vaccine doses are no longer enough, we are told — three are needed for adequate protection to kick in. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 18 Dec. 2021 Abdul, a former U.S. Embassy employee, decided to move his family into a bedroom at his brother’s apartment in California while waiting for his health, nutrition and other benefits to kick in. Jessica Donati, WSJ, 25 Oct. 2021 The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses three weeks apart and a two-week wait for full protection to kick in, meaning the first youngsters in line will be fully covered by Christmas. Zeke Miller And Lindsey Tanner,, 20 Oct. 2021 The process could take four months to a year to complete, leaving a further window before Article 5 (NATO mutual defense) protections would kick in. Eric Tegler, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 Even before that bump starts to show, restful z's while expecting become fewer and far between; unfortunately, heartburn, aching hips, sore backs, and restless leg syndrome kick in all too soon, lasting all ten months for some. Laura Lajiness Kaupke, Glamour, 30 Mar. 2022 For instance, talks on a Russian sanctions bill foundered last week in the midst of disagreements over whether sanctions should be imposed immediately, or only kick in if Russia invades Ukraine. Lindsay Wise, WSJ, 13 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of kick in

1906, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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14 May 2022

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“Kick in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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