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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Synonyms for kick in


chip in, contribute, pitch in

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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

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For about 25 years, several friends from around the North Shore met monthly to discuss the stock market, pick some investments and kick in $50 to their portfolio. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Women's investment club scammed by longtime treasurer," 4 June 2019 The rocket motor then falls away and a turbojet engine kicks in for the duration of the flight. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Some Hero Strapped a Camera to a Low-Flying Missile," 14 May 2019 That software system — called Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS — was activated by a single faulty sensor and kicked in multiple times on both the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines flights. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "737 MAX crisis prompts Southwest pilots to question its all-Boeing fleet," 12 Apr. 2019 Volkswagen’s emissions fraud has given it more than $30 billion in costs, but also an invaluable kick in the pants. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Dieselgate Has Brought VW Benefits Too," 15 Mar. 2019 The researchers independently confirmed that those bacteria were alive and kicking in the probiotic mix. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Probiotics: If you don’t just poop them out, they may muck up your guts," 8 Sep. 2018 In this sense, Intel’s Lakefield is designed a manner similar to ARM chips, with the Core chip kicking in under performance loads, and the Atom chips handling most of the loads that don’t require high performance. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel roadmap confirms 10nm 'Tiger Lake' chip with Xe graphics, more Ice Lake and Lakefield details," 9 May 2019 For context, this kicks in within days of a typical at-home test working. Samantha Leac, Glamour, "Women Who Have an Abortion in Georgia Could Soon Be Sentenced to Life in Prison," 8 May 2019 These benefits packages are always controversial and will naturally raise the question of whether whatever the public sector will be kicking in is worth the price. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The tragedy of Amazon’s HQ2 selections, explained," 9 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of kick in

1906, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of kick in was in 1906

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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