kick-starts, kick-starting, kick-started
1) VERB To kick-start a process that has stopped working or progressing is to take a course of action that will quickly start it going again.

[V n] The President has chosen to kick-start the economy by slashing interest rates.

Kick-start is also a noun.

The housing market needs a kick-start.

2) VERB If you kick-start a motorcycle, you press the lever that starts it with your foot.

[V n] He lifted the bike off its stand and kick-started it.

English dictionary. 2008.