kick 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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The surge follows a slight lull in Southern California during the normally busy months of July and August, after an earlier round of tariffs kicked in. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "Imports Surge at U.S. Ports as Companies Brace for New Tariffs," 15 Nov. 2018 Alaska Air Group’s third-quarter profit dropped 16 percent compared to a year ago as the cost of fuel rose sharply and employee-wage increases kicked in while fares remained low. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Alaska Air’s quarterly profit falls but management insists better results lie ahead," 25 Oct. 2018 Facebook’s punishment mechanism kicked in, and the ThinkProgress article was cut off from being seen by about 80 percent of its potential Facebook audience. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Facebook blocked the spread of a liberal article because a conservative told it to," 12 Sep. 2018 Federal and local officials say all hospitals now have adequate generators and, in some cases, solar power and energy storage batteries to kick in during a power loss. Frances Robles, New York Times, "FEMA Was Sorely Unprepared for Puerto Rico Hurricane, Report Says," 12 July 2018 With growing salaries and massive extensions kicking in on the Nuggets roster, the savings are a necessity for the Denver front office. Sarah Todd,, "Sixers acquire Wilson Chandler from Denver Nuggets in trade," 3 July 2018 Maintaining roster flexibility is key, with Russell Westbrook’s max contract kicking in and a need to keep cap space open to try and re-sign Paul George. Jeremy Woo,, "2018 NBA Draft: Needs for All 30 Teams," 15 June 2018 The Above tier will cost $95 monthly for one line, with data slowdowns potentially kicking in after the use of 75 GB of data. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Verizon Adds a Third Unlimited Plan Tier With Even More High-Speed Data," 14 June 2018 Between the delay in the opening sounds and the melody kicking in lies a sea of anticipation., "New Music To Know: St. Vincent Discos, Big Freedia Karaokes & Weezer Goes To Africa," 1 June 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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