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verb [transitive] kick-start pronunciation in American English
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present tense
I/you/we/theykick-start
he/she/itkick-starts
present participlekick-starting
past tensekick-started
past participlekick-started
  1. 2
    to make something improve or become more active after it has stopped or slowed down

    The administration hopes to kick-start the economy by dropping interest rates.

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 kick-start pronunciation in American English noun [countable]
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pluralkick-starts

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