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

Noun At his campaign kickoff, the senator gave a passionate speech about combating poverty. His speech marked the kickoff of his campaign. Verb 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 Canvassing Columbus: Rich Cordray, former Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will host a canvass kickoff with Elizabeth Warren supporters in Columbus on Saturday. cleveland, "DeWine hopes to toughen penalties on distracted driving: Capitol Letter," 14 Feb. 2020 Biden flew out of New Hampshire on Tuesday, a few hours before polls closed, in order to headline a kickoff rally in South Carolina, which the former vice president and his campaign view as their 2020 firewall. Fox News, "Is it too late for Biden? Former VP aims to defy history after kickoff contest crash," 13 Feb. 2020 Ruiz handled kickoff and field goal duties for Arizona State as a freshman, making 19-of-27 (70%) on field goals with a long of 52 yards. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Former Arizona State kicker Brandon Ruiz to transfer to Mississippi State after all," 12 Feb. 2020 The now-defunct AAF had similarly high numbers for its opening kickoff weekend. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "XFL Week 1 winners and losers: Inaugural weekend good for TV networks, gamblers," 10 Feb. 2020 The party had a political hangover from the debacle Monday night in Iowa, whose kickoff caucuses ended in delays, fury and mockery from Republicans. Laurie Kellman, Anchorage Daily News, "Impeachment done, Pelosi unburdens herself about Trump," 6 Feb. 2020 The 2020 kickoff at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome was the biggest of the lot, selling 11,519 tickets and grossing $1.229 million. Eric Frankenberg, Billboard, "Andre Rieu Leads Charge of Classical Artists on Hot Tours," 6 Feb. 2020 Instead, the party bungled the 2020 election season's kickoff event and created a situation for chaos and conspiracy theories to run rampant, undermining pretty much everyone's trust in the process. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "The Iowa caucus debacle is great for America’s disinformation-peddling adversaries," 5 Feb. 2020 San Antonio held its Western Heritage Parade and Cattle Drive, an annual kickoff to the Stock Show and Rodeo, on Saturday. Silvia Foster-frau,, "On horseback, trail riders bring tradition to the San Antonio rodeo," 5 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His win last year was a 1-2-3 sweep for Joe Gibbs Racing and kicked off a yearlong company celebration in which Gibbs drivers won a record 19 races and the Cup championship. Dallas News, "Denny Hamlin wins Daytona 500 after scary crash for Ryan Newman; Prosper’s Chris Buescher finishes third," 18 Feb. 2020 Democratic primary: Nevada kicks off caucus week while Iowa's fiasco lingers In the race for president, all eyes are now on Nevada. Editors, USA TODAY, "Nevada caucus week, NBA All-Star weekend, Daytona 500: 5 things to know this weekend," 15 Feb. 2020 This new urgency—combined with the arrival of new sequencing technologies catalyzed by the Human Genome Project—kicked off a viral discovery boom. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Can a Database of Animal Viruses Help Predict the Next Pandemic?," 12 Feb. 2020 JP YimGetty Images Michael Kors will be kicking off the final day of New York Fashion Week on Wednesday, February 12. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Watch the Michael Kors Collection Fall 2020 Show via This Livestream," 11 Feb. 2020 The first Unpacked event of 2020 doesn’t kick off for another day or so, but Samsung has already gone ahead and taken the wraps off its newest phone. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung outs its new folding Galaxy flip phone in a surprising Oscar ad," 10 Feb. 2020 The yeast in the bottle of wine would eat at the sugar, kicking off fermentation, trapping CO2, and giving the bubbles, bubbles. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, "Why zero-dosage, super-dry Champagnes are popping everywhere," 8 Feb. 2020 The crowd following Tesla is so big that the company kicks off its quarterly conference calls with questions from private investors, rather than the Wall Street analysts who are usually the only ones able to quiz a CEO. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Tesla’s Stock Boom: It’s OK to Miss Out," 6 Feb. 2020 Official trade and security negotiations with the EU kick off next month. Fox News, "Boris Johnson slams 'America bashers' after Brexit, previews new terrorist policy after London stabbings," 4 Feb. 2020

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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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“Kickoff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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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