click

1 of 2

verb

clicked; clicking; clicks

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)
3
a
: 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
2
a
: 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
clickable adjective

click

2 of 2

noun

1
a
: 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

Examples of click in a Sentence

Verb 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. Noun 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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
To see how expensive gas is in each state, click here. Washington Examiner Staff, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 8 July 2024 The Lakers are betting on the polished former player from Duke, the smartest guy in every room, to be that adaptable communicator who can employ modern tactics and keep clicking with LeBron James while relating to everyone else. Mirjam Swanson, Orange County Register, 8 July 2024
Noun
Endless aisles of merchandise available with a click of a button from just about anywhere. Glen Luke Flanagan, Fortune, 5 July 2024 For example, a coda was adorned with an extra click 4% of the time. Warren Cornwall, science.org, 5 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for click 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

probably imitative

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of click was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Click.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/click. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

click

1 of 2 verb
1
: to make or cause to make a click
2
a
: to fit together
they did not click as friends
b
: to work smoothly
3
: succeed sense 2
the idea clicked
4
: to select by pressing a button on a control device (as a computer mouse)
click on the icon

click

2 of 2 noun
1
: a slight sharp sound
2
: an instance of clicking
a mouse click

Medical Definition

click

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

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