kickoff

noun kick·off \ ˈkik-ˌȯf \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of kickoff

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

Examples of kickoff in a Sentence

  1. At his campaign kickoff, the senator gave a passionate speech about combating poverty.

  2. His speech marked the kickoff of his campaign.

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First Known Use of kickoff

1856

Other Field and Goal Sports Terms


kick off

verb

Definition of kick off

intransitive verb
1 : to start or resume play in football by a placekick
2 a : 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 kick off in a Sentence

  1. I'll kick off the discussion on ethics with this question.

  2. surprisingly, the recluse was worth a cool million when he kicked off

Recent Examples of kick off from the Web

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First Known Use of kick off

1857


KICKOFF Defined for English Language Learners

kickoff

noun

Definition of kickoff for English Language Learners

  • : a kick that starts play in a game (such as American football or soccer)

  • : the start of something


KICKOFF Defined for Kids

kickoff

noun kick·off \ ˈkik-ˌȯf \

Definition of kickoff for Students

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


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