kick Definition

  • 1to hit something with your foot
  • 2to move your legs or feet violently and noisily
  • 3to stop doing something

Using kick: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "kick" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He kicked the ball into the goal.

  • Example

    She kicked off her shoes and relaxed on the couch.

  • Example

    I'm trying to kick my smoking habit.

kick Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for kick

Antonyms for kick

Idioms Using kick

  • to die


    He kicked the bucket at the age of 90.

  • to be angry or disappointed with oneself


    I really kicked myself for forgetting her birthday.

  • kick upstairs

    to promote someone to a higher position, often as a way of getting rid of them


    The company decided to kick him upstairs to a less important role.

Phrases with kick

  • start to take effect


    The medicine should kick in within a few minutes.

  • force someone to leave a place


    The bouncer kicked out the rowdy patrons.

  • discuss informally


    We were just kicking around some ideas for the project.


Summary: kick in Brief

The verb 'kick' [kɪk] refers to hitting something with your foot, moving your legs or feet violently and noisily, or stopping doing something. It can be used in phrases like 'kick in,' meaning to start taking effect, and idioms like 'kick the bucket,' meaning to die. 'Kick' also has informal synonyms like 'boot' and 'whack.'

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