kick-started; kick-starting; kick-starts

transitive verb

: to start (something, such as a motorcycle) by means of a kick-starter
kick start noun

Examples of kick-start in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ahead of the two-day shopping event, Prime Members are invited to kick-start their holiday shopping with major deals in virtually every department: travel-friendly clothes, comfy footwear, reliable luggage, and more. Alexandra Domrongchai, Travel + Leisure, 29 Sep. 2023 Consider your vaccination appointment an opportunity to kick-start a healthy, sustainable routine. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Rd, Health, 28 Sep. 2023 On this day in April, the BJP’s nominees for state assembly were registering their candidacies, officially kick-starting the election season, and Poojary, who led a team of four, was overwhelmed. Gerry Shih, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2023 With its kick-start scooter engine, two seats, three wheels, and a single headlight, this Japanese microcar is, perhaps the strangest-looking vehicle ever made. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 24 Sep. 2023 The recent coffee boom can be traced to the late 1990s and early 2000s, when mass-market coffee chains, including Britain’s Costa Coffee and American brands like Starbucks, kick-started a national espresso obsession. Megan Specia, New York Times, 23 Sep. 2023 While Leominster has not yet qualified to receive federal aid, residents and neighbors have provided some immediate relief to kick-start the city’s recovery. Vivi Smilgius,, 19 Sep. 2023 Although each application requires different types of materials, getting high-energy photons to the right place through upconversion can be used to kick-start each one. Tracy H. Schloemer, IEEE Spectrum, 19 Sep. 2023 At a two-day summit to kick-start action to achieve the goals, Guterres pointed to grim findings in a U.N. report in July. Edith M. Lederer, Fortune, 19 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of kick-start was in 1928

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“Kick-start.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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