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kickoff Syllabification: kick·off
Pronunciation: /ˈkikäf/

Definition of kickoff in English:


1The start or resumption of a football game, in which a player kicks the ball from the center of the field: three minutes before kickoff
More example sentences
  • She was presenting the match ball before kick-off and as club captain I had my photo taken with her to help promote the evening.
  • We had some rain before kick-off and the players are taking full advantage.
  • The match kick-off had to be put back 20 minutes while another coach arrived to take the players to the ground.
1.1 informal A start of an event or activity.
Example sentences
  • We want to raise a million quid, and it's an impressively strong line-up for the kick-off event.
  • The Strawberry Board of Directors say its been a hectic week getting everything set up for the kick-off of the festival.
beginning, start, commencement, launch, outset, opening

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