1. provide an impetus to start or resume a process
kick-start a project/day/career
The verb 'kick-start' refers to a way of starting a motorcycle or motorbike by trusting the pedal. "They kick-started the engine, revved loudly and drove off." Metaphorically the verb 'kick-start' can refer to an incentive to begin or resume something. "Kick-starting a savings plan is often avoided by most people." As a noun, 'a kick-start' is the act of kick-starting an engine or something which provides an impetus to begin something. "The program was aimed at giving the public a kick-start in saving for retirement."