\ ˈklik How to pronounce click (audio) \
clicked; clicking; clicks

Definition of click

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to strike, move, or produce with a click clicked his heels together
2 : to select especially in a computer interface by pressing a button on a control device (such as a mouse)
3a : to turn (something) on or off by pushing a button or moving a switch She clicked off the light, and we were plunged into darkness again.— Pam Zollman … I just kept fumbling till I found the remote and pulled it up out of the cracks of the couch and clicked the TV off.— Donald Hays
b : to change or move through (channels) especially by pushing buttons on a remote control

intransitive verb

1 : to make a click
2a : to fit or agree exactly
b : to fit together : hit it off they did not click as friends
c : to function smoothly
d : succeed a movie that clicks
3 : to select something by clicking often used with on click on the icon
4 : to change to a different channel or move through channels especially by pushing buttons on a remote control She fiddled with the remote control until the TV turned on. She clicked through the channels.— Juanita Carter



Definition of click (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a slight sharp noise
b : a speech sound in some languages made by enclosing air between two stop articulations of the tongue, enlarging the enclosure to rarefy the air, and suddenly opening the enclosure
2 : detent
3 : an instance of clicking a mouse click

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Other Words from click


clickable \ ˈkli-​kə-​bəl How to pronounce clickable (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for click

Synonyms: Verb

bond, commune, relate

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Examples of click in a Sentence


He clicked his heels together and saluted the officer. Her heels clicked on the marble floor. Press the door until you hear the latch click. To open the program, point at the icon and click the left mouse button. Click here to check spelling in the document. I know him fairly well, but we've never really clicked.


the click of her heels on marble There was a click as the door closed behind him. You can order movie tickets on the Internet with just a few clicks of your mouse.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Like all other videos uploaded to the streaming behemoth, leftist YouTube content is fed and watered by the algorithm’s click-bait logic. Shaan Amin, The New Republic, "Can the Left Win YouTube?," 2 July 2019 This ability to sell properties instantly also encourages the adoption of a second technology: click-to-buy. Karl W. Smith,, "The next housing bubble could come from technology," 2 July 2019 To volunteer for Open Table at MetroHealth or to learn more about the program, click here. Leila Atassi,, "Alondra Rivera takes the first steps toward college: A Greater Cleveland," 1 July 2019 To register, or login, with the Courier Journal click here. The Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Meet 'Queer Eye' star Antoni Porowski at the Wine & Food Experience in Los Angeles," 1 July 2019 Procedure Ask your helper to click one stainless steel utensil against another. Science Buddies, Scientific American, "What Do You Hear Underwater?," 27 June 2019 Something clicked—maybe the natural appeal of rebuking an ignorant President with a barrage of footnotes, maybe the realization that, despite some fears to the contrary, Warren wasn’t at all like Hillary Clinton. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "At the Democratic Debate, Elizabeth Warren’s Reformism Versus Trump’s Moral Crisis," 27 June 2019 To find out if your laptop is one of the affected models, click this link. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Apple is recalling MacBook Pros that could catch on fire," 27 June 2019 Dolphins click, whales moan, walruses bellow and seals bark. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Listen to a Seal Sing the Star Wars Theme and ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’," 25 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Audience size varies widely per creator and per video—while Roczniak’s niche videos tends to get around 45,000 clicks, Ellis’s recent video on Aladdin received upwards of 4 million views. Shaan Amin, The New Republic, "Can the Left Win YouTube?," 2 July 2019 The data itself isn’t a snapshot, a single click in time, but more like an unspooling filmstrip, as the high-flying robot traverses the atmosphere, pushing through space with its nose pointed down like a bloodhound. Andrew Blum, WIRED, "Inside the Room Where They Control the Weather Satellites," 25 June 2019 In June, Intel will debut the Performance Maximizer, a one-click software tool that will automatically overclock your high-end PC processor. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel teases 'Performance Maximizer' one-click overclocking tool, with insurance to back it up," 29 May 2019 Every player — human or machine — has to worry about a vast set of possible futures with every click. Quanta Magazine, "Why Artificial Intelligence Like AlphaZero Has Trouble With the Real World," 21 Feb. 2018 Clearly, the emails were meant to entice you into click on the links, which were almost certainly viruses of some sort that could have led to the theft of personal information on your computer now or in the future. Teresa Dixon Murray,, "Woman gets email about $3,000 PayPal payment, but she doesn't have an account: Money Matters," 7 Mar. 2018 Cybersquatting is a sometimes lucrative and remarkably simple scheme for anyone with cursory knowledge of how to register a domain name, which involves a few clicks with a registrar and a credit card. Evan Sernoffsky, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Cybersquatter’ beats Breed to obvious name for her campaign website," 15 Feb. 2018 As for on-demand video streams, the songs earned 1.95 million clicks on Feb. 5 (up 22 percent stacked next to Feb. 3’s haul of 1.6 million). Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl Halftime Show Yields 45% Streaming Gain in U.S.," 7 Feb. 2018 That system, which will be easily scanned with a barcode using an iPhone, tracks inventory, runs unlimited custom reports and even requests tax refunds for off-road use with the click of a button, a process that saves both parties time and money. Washington Post, "U of Delaware startup inspired by ‘Impractical Jokers’ show," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of click


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for click


probably imitative

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English Language Learners Definition of click

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause (something) to make a short, sharp sound
: to make a short, sharp sound : to make a click
computers : to press a button on a mouse or some other device in order to make something happen on a computer



English Language Learners Definition of click (Entry 2 of 2)

: a short, sharp sound
: the act of selecting something on a computer screen by pressing a button on a mouse or some other device


\ ˈklik How to pronounce click (audio) \
clicked; clicking

Kids Definition of click

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make or cause to make a slight sharp noise He has a habit of clicking his tongue.
2 : to fit in or work together smoothly By the middle of the season the team clicked.
3 : to select or make a selection especially on a computer by pressing a button on a control device (as a mouse) Click on the icon to open the program.



Kids Definition of click (Entry 2 of 2)

: a slight sharp noise


\ ˈklik How to pronounce click (audio) \

Medical Definition of click

: a short sharp sound heard in auscultation and associated with various abnormalities of the heart

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