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 Stocks closed at record highs Thursday on reports that the U.S. and China have reached an agreement to delay new tariffs kicking in over the weekend. CBS News, "Stocks hit record high as U.S. and China edge closer to a trade deal," 12 Dec. 2019 The final changes kicked in Monday, when most drop-offs moved to central parking, and a $3.25 surcharge on ride-hail trips was put in place., "controversial decision to centralize ride-hail operations," 12 Dec. 2019 The team store will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays, with those hours kicking in Tuesday, Nov. 19. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers stars will be on hand for autographs at Monday's reopening of the team store," 15 Nov. 2019 Watson threw two touchdowns with no interceptions in a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars one week after getting kicked in the eye by Oakland Raiders defensive end Arden Key. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson's eye keeps improving," 11 Nov. 2019 That prompted Presley, a friend and visitor to the department in his later days, to kick in the rest of the funds needed to build the gym (about $5,000, according to Colorado Public Radio). John Wenzel, The Know, "Ten pieces of Colfax Avenue history you can buy in Colfax Museum’s $150,000 fire sale," 24 Oct. 2019 But there’s still a large gap between seeing that a genetic variant is likely to have been helpful enough for natural selection to kick in and being able to say exactly what that variant does. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Long stretches of Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA helped Homo sapiens adapt," 21 Oct. 2019 World Cup winner Carli Lloyd has expressed her desire to kick in the NFL after experiencing the world of American football with the Philadelphia Eagles., "USA Midfielder Carli Lloyd Keen to Become NFL Kicker," 17 Oct. 2019 And, of course, tens of thousands of people are likely to die before even a best-case scenario kicks in. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "America Is Screwing the Kurds Yet Again," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of kick in

1906, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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22 Jan 2020

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“Kick in.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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