kick·​off | \ ˈkik-ˌȯf How to pronounce kickoff (audio) \

Definition of kickoff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a kick that puts the ball into play in a football or soccer game the opening kickoff
2 : the start of something : commencement the campaign kickoff

kick off

kicked off; kicking off; kicks off

Definition of kick off (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to start or resume play in football by a placekick
2a : to initiate proceedings
b : to start out : begin the movie kicks off with a bank robbery
3 slang : die

transitive verb

: to mark the beginning of kick off the campaign

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Examples of kickoff in a Sentence


At his campaign kickoff, the senator gave a passionate speech about combating poverty. His speech marked the kickoff of his campaign.


I'll kick off the discussion on ethics with this question. surprisingly, the recluse was worth a cool million when he kicked off
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But blocking on the kickoff-return team in the opening seconds of the 2018 campaign, Sims suffered a high ankle sprain against the Arizona Cardinals. Mark Inabinett |,, "Cam Sims making sure he’s not the ‘forgotten guy’," 4 June 2019 Photo: Rachel Bachman/The Wall Street Journal The RV lot was about two-thirds empty four hours before kickoff—usually prime tailgating time. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Tailgate Scene at Alabama-Clemson: Eight RVs," 7 Jan. 2019 Then shake it all off with the kickoff of Chicago SummerDance. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago festivals this week: Windy City Ribfest in Uptown, Vegandale Food and Drink Fest," 27 June 2018 As spotted by Andrew Cunningham, the next version of Apple's watchOS operating system announced yesterday at the kickoff of the WWDC developers conference, will not be compatible with first generation Apple Watches. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Apple's $10,000 Apple Watch Is About to Be Obsolete," 5 June 2018 Florida opens the 2018 season on Sept. 1 with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff against Charleston Southern. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "The Gators' entire signing class is now on campus. Here are the numbers they will wear," 3 July 2018 The duo made an appearance in a photo during a family collage projected at the kickoff show in Cardiff, U.K., during a montage for what appeared to be a vow renewal ceremony. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Beyoncé & JAY-Z Have a 'Small Celebration' in Europe for Twins' First Birthday: 'They're the Cutest'," 14 June 2018 The season includes a kickoff with the 90-piece Farmington Community Concert Band (Thursday), the Indian Musical Extravaganza with three different dance troupes (June 28) and local country singer-songwriter Lisa Mary & Band (Aug. 9). Erin Podolsky, Detroit Free Press, "Summer concert series offer free music under the sun and stars," 13 June 2018 Vogueworld Selena Gomez Pulls an Anti-Festival Fashion Moment at Coachella For this weekend’s Coachella kickoff, Selena Gomez stunned fans at the music festival in Palm Springs, California, with a surprise appearance. Vogue, "Selena Gomez Pulls an Anti-Festival Fashion Moment at Coachella," 14 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The traveling alternative music festival kicks off its 25th year in Cleveland with a sampling of some of the bands hitting the road this summer: Simple Plan, Hawthorne Heights, We The Kings, Emery, and Chali 2na & Cut Chemist. Jane Morice |,, "LaureLive, Vans Warped Tour forecasts: Expect beautiful weather Saturday, but chance for rain Sunday," 7 June 2019 The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Memorial Coliseum then travels southbound on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard before crossing the Burnside Bridge., "Portland metro Friday traffic: Grand Floral Parade closes streets Saturday morning," 7 June 2019 SubZERO, the annual two-day street fair that kicks off summer in San Jose, returns Friday and Saturday night in downtown’s creatively bent SoFA District. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "Downtown San Jose’s epic street fair returns this weekend," 5 June 2019 But the jeans Momoa waxes most enthusiastic about in his video tour of Schaeffer’s Garment Hotel — and the ones that kicked off the silver-screen brotherhood of the traveling pants — haven’t been available to anyone at all for years. Adam Tschorn,, "Jason Momoa’s denim duds, from ‘Paloma’ to ‘Aquaman,’ can be yours," 5 June 2019 In the trailer for What/If, Zellweger's character kicks off the drama, giving an indecent proposal to a pair of newlyweds—and setting viewers up for the mayhem to come. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Renée Zellweger's Netflix Series What / If Is Out Now on Netflix," 24 May 2019 Sheinelle kicked off the chat talking about how her son Kayin asked her the other day about her first crush. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Stars Al Roker, Dylan Dreyer, and Craig Melvin Made the Show SUPER Awkward," 30 Apr. 2019 Monday kicks off a busy week of earnings, with some of the biggest names in the technology, consumer-products and industrial sectors reporting. Francesca Fontana, WSJ, "Tech, Industrial Giants Highlight Busy Earnings Week," 19 Apr. 2019 The pair of projects kicking off the endeavor look mighty helpful indeed. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Microsoft revives PowerToys with open-source tools for Windows 10 power users," 8 May 2019

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First Known Use of kickoff


1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1857, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of kickoff

: a kick that starts play in a game (such as American football or soccer)
: the start of something


kick·​off | \ ˈkik-ˌȯf How to pronounce kickoff (audio) \

Kids Definition of kickoff

: a kick that puts the ball into play (as in football or soccer)

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