When the foot is applied to an object, use the verb "kick."

man kicking a soccer ball He’s kicking a soccer ball.

This word is most often used as a verb:

simplepastpast participle
  • Almost everyone knows how to kick a football.
  • The forward kicked the ball into the goal.
  • One boy kicked another boy and soon they got into a fight.
  • It’s not nice to kick another person.

The word "kick" is used in a lot of expressions, as a verb or as a noun:

  • Tony is trying to kick a cigarette habit. (kick = quit)
  • Can you kick in five dollars for a few pizzas? (kick in = contribute money)
  • Victoria was kicked out of class for talking. (kick out = removed; told to leave.)
  • I get a big kick out of watching violent thunderstroms. (get a kick = to enjoy watching or participating in some activity.)
  • Instead of kicking the can down the road, it’s better to take care of problems when they arise. (kick the can = do something later; postpone)
  • Get your kicks on Route 66. (a song by Nat King Cole)



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September 24, 2014