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verb     kick pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlekicking
past tensekicked
past participlekicked
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to hit someone or something with your foot

    Some children will bite and kick when they get angry.

    kick something open/closed/shut:

    Jerry kicked the door open.

    kick someone in the stomach/face/head etc.:

    She felt as if she had been kicked in the stomach.

    kick something to/toward/away from someone/something:

    He kicked the bottle toward the dumpster and missed.

    1. a.
      to hit a ball with your foot in a game such as soccer
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to move your legs as if you were kicking something

    Take your baby’s diaper off and let her kick a bit.

  3. 3
    [transitive] informal to stop doing something that is bad for you
    kick the habit:

    Do you smoke and want to kick the habit?

  4. 4
    [transitive] to hit a horse’s sides with your heels in order to make it move forward

    Flora kicked her horse into a canter.

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