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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Five years after its kickoff, SoftBank’s 9434 0.27% $100 billion Vision Fund is being battered by the tech selloff, making for an embarrassing performance that lags behind the overall stock market since its launch. Eliot Brown, WSJ, 10 May 2022 The event is a terrific, family-friendly kickoff to summer. Melanie Savage, Hartford Courant, 9 May 2022 Benjamin Jones responded with a 50-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and Tucson led 21-20 at the end of the first quarter. Justin Spears, The Arizona Republic, 8 May 2022 The installation coincides with the kickoff of Art Week New York, an inaugural city-wide initiative taking place from May 5-12 at museums, auction houses and public and private event spaces around the city. David Hochman, Forbes, 5 May 2022 The Patriots will follow that up by facing off against Los Alamitos of California, with kickoff slated for 4 p.m. at the same Cooper City stadium. Franco Panizo, Sun Sentinel, 5 May 2022 Alberto Carvalho said in a kickoff ceremony at Bell High School. Howard Blumestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 In his weekly University Heights Wrap Up email sent to residents on Friday (April 29), Brennan stated that RRS will coordinate and schedule a survey kickoff meeting with a city evaluation team in late May. cleveland, 30 Apr. 2022 On the left, Johanna Maska cut her political teeth on Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ team, and later as one of then-candidate Barack Obama’s top logistics fixers starting from the kickoff in Iowa. Philip Elliott, Time, 30 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Discover the city’s eclectic restaurant scene and kick off patio dining season simultaneously as 25 downtown restaurants offer special menu items and deals now through next Sunday. cleveland, 12 May 2022 Hulu streamed Lolla last summer and will kick off its broadcast of the three events this summer when Bonnaroo kicks off on June 16, followed by Lolla beginning on July 28 from Grant Park in Chicago and Austin City Limits on Oct. 7. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 12 May 2022 Tickets for the upcoming shows are already on sale, and the shows will kick off with a visit to Peoria Ill. on March 16. Kelly Wynne,, 2 Feb. 2022 The increase would be the first in more than three years and kick off what’s likely to be a flurry of three or more quarter-point increases this year aimed at reining in sharply rising consumer prices. Bill Hardekopf, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 The Birmingham Stallions and the New Jersey Generals will play the first game Saturday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. That will kick off the 12-week season. al, 25 Jan. 2022 Monthly ticketed performances and private events will kick off this summer. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Apr. 2022 Temple Israel of Greater Miami, which was founded in 1922, will kick off its centennial weekend celebration with a Legacy Shabbat at 6 p.m. on May 6. Sergio Carmona, Sun Sentinel, 29 Apr. 2022 The Ravens certainly did not kick off their 2022 draft in boring fashion, trading one of their signature offensive players and using a pair of first-round picks on highly regarded prospects who might not meet their most immediate needs. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 22 May. 2022.

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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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