Definition of kick-start in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɪkstɑːt/


[with object]
1Start (a motorcycle engine) with a downward thrust of a pedal: he kick-started the motor and zoomed up the hill
More example sentences
  • Leaving the commons behind, I kick-started my motorcycle, and rode toward the sliding door of the warehouse.
  • The effect of such an influx of capital is similar to kick-starting a motorcycle; it takes that sharp input, it may need more than a single attempt, but once it catches, the engine takes over.
  • He told the jogger: ‘I'm off’ and tried to kick-start the motorcycle.
1.1Provide an impetus to start or resume (a process): they need to kick-start the economy
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  • The bankers on the Mound took the applause from disgruntled shareholders for kick-starting the process that led to the underperforming English bank being taken over by more efficient Scottish operators.
  • Do you credit Jeremy's departure with kick-starting the process?
  • ‘A lot of people have very ambitious ideas, but almost nobody has the funding to kick-start a global initiative,’ Aylward said.


1A device to start an engine by the downward thrust of a pedal, as in older motorcycles.
Example sentences
  • I rotated the kick-start to see if the motor was seized. I got it down smoothly to the point where it would start to rotate the motor, and then nothing.
  • When the engine is off and the bike is in gear I squeeze the clutch and then pump the kick-start and the bike moves.
1.1An act of kick-starting an engine.
1.2An impetus given to start or resume a process: new investment will provide the kick-start needed to escape from recession
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  • He didn't have all that much to do but I was pleased at the way he was coming off his line and hopefully that will provide a big kick-start for his confidence.
  • What is it that gets Auckland out of its summer stupor and provides a kick-start for the new year?
  • Upgrading of PCs should theoretically provide a kick-start for the PC producers, good solid but low margin business.
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