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


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

In 1996, France knocked the Netherlands out of the European soccer championship in a nail-biter that ended in a penalty kickoff. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "How watching the World Cup final might affect your health," 14 July 2018 Louisville City demonstrated O'Connor-like efficiency and opened the scoring inside the 10-minute mark after George Davis IV was tripped up near the kickoff circle. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "James O'Connor is leaving LouCity but his legacy will last forever," 1 July 2018 So pull out your stylish hats and wedges and suit up in linen for the unofficial kickoff to summer in New York City. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "What to Expect at the 2018 Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic," 26 Apr. 2018 Here are the local times for the red-carpet kickoff in Latin America: Argentina, Chile: 8:30 p.m. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oscars: Where to Watch Around the World," 1 Mar. 2018 Member sales for the kickoff are now on sale, and the public sale begins Thursday, March 1. Rachel Yang, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Visual Art The 2018 Chicago Humanities Festival will focus on graphics and visual art," 26 Feb. 2018 Then at his spring break kickoff party, someone came up with the idea to play spin the bottle in the hot tub. Seventeen Editors, Seventeen, "23 Juicy Spring Break Confessions That Actually Happened," 5 Feb. 2019 Checking out the wares in a discreet space on Soho’s Mercer Street was a stylish crew for the unofficial cool-kids kickoff to Fashion Week including Katie Holmes, Marjorie Gubelmann, and Olivia Palermo. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Simon Huck’s A. Human Line Is Going to Be the Most Talked-About Thing at Fashion Week," 5 Sep. 2018 Mathie’s free seminar is 6 p.m. July 24 at Plunge Beach Hotel followed by a miniseason kickoff party at 7. Steve Waters, miamiherald, "Florida’s annual two-day lobster miniseason coming soon. Here's what you need to know," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For example, the earliest parade in the world, attended by townsfolk and tourist alike, famously kicks off in Dingle, Ireland, just before sun up. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "Here's the Real History of St Patrick's Day," 15 Mar. 2019 Each day kicks off a new discount both in stores and online, ranging from 40 percent off foundation to $5 off a best-selling exfoliator. Glamour, "The Best Discounts From Target's 14 Days of Deals Beauty Sale," 12 Mar. 2019 But the Resident Evil 2 remake next Friday kicks off about a month and a half of non-stop games, from Total War: Three Kingdoms to Far Cry: New Dawn to The Division 2 and Anthem and more. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Call of Duty's battle royale is free-to-try, Steam moved 15 exabytes of data in 2018," 18 Jan. 2019 After that, no further decision is expected for 3½ months, when Europe holds parliamentary elections that could kick off a chain reaction of appointments to other top European posts, including head of the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm. Tom Fairless, WSJ, "Europe’s Biggest Job Opening in Years: President of the ECB," 11 Feb. 2019 And Tony Stark’s immense wealth and technological trappings in Iron Man — the movie that kicked off Marvel’s Cinematic Universe — helped turned a B-List comic book hero into an A-List cinematic figure. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Crazy Rich Asians’ crazy rich success could mean more stories about less crazy rich Asian-American people.," 21 Dec. 2018 The collective kicked off on Saturday, October 6, at an event in Los Angeles that welcomed hundreds of women and girls. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Why Shonda Rhimes Doesn't Believe in Imposter Syndrome," 16 Oct. 2018 Uber is competing with three other vendors as part of Santa Monica’s shared mobility pilot program, an 18-month trial that kicked off September 17 to evaluate potential regulations and determine which companies will be granted long-term licenses. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Uber launches electric scooter service," 3 Oct. 2018 The first is Star Trek 4 (working title), the fourth installment in Abrams' Trek universe that kicked off with Star Trek in 2009. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Where Is Star Trek Boldly Going?," 10 Sep. 2018

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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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