\ 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 click (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for click

Synonyms: Verb

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Watchdog newsletter: Sign up for The Watchdog’s FREE weekly newsletter to keep up: click here. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, "How one hailstone became the best-known of all the hail falling that night," 7 May 2021 To learn more about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on travel and additional safety measures, click here. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan unveils new COVID-19 testing locations at welcome centers, airport," 22 Apr. 2021 To learn more about the HollyRod Foundation and RJ’s Place, click HERE. Rachaell Davis, Essence, "Holly Robinson Peete Talks Breaking Autism Stigmas In Black Communities & The Importance Of Inclusive Travel," 21 Apr. 2021 To learn more about the auction (including the other limited edition whiskeys celebrating the Wyoming landscape that will be on offer) and register for the event on April 20th, please click here. Amanda Schuster, Forbes, "For Whiskey and Nature Lovers: Support Land Conservation With These 2 Bottles," 19 Apr. 2021 To register for the event, click on this link and enter the event code fernandoat40. Los Angeles Times, "Greatest moments in Dodger history No. 8: Fernandomania," 5 Apr. 2021 To do this, simply click on the first letter of your name located on the upper right-hand side of the toolbar. Yoni Heisler, BGR, "These 6 hidden Google Chrome tricks might change the way you use Chrome," 29 Mar. 2021 When your kids are ready to make the call, just click the 'call' button. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "Here’s How to Call the Easter Bunny with Your Kids," 16 Mar. 2021 To search for teacher campaigns to support, click here. Ashley Vaughan, CNN, "Back to school: How you can support students and teachers during the pandemic," 11 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Privileged access to resources and data can be granted and revoked with a mouse click by administrators. Apu Pavithran, Forbes, "The Desktop Renaissance And Unified Endpoint Management," 10 May 2021 Individuals who had damage to uninsured homes are encouraged to report it through the county website, which has a click-through banner at the top, the release stated. Mike Jones, Arkansas Online, "Benton County judge signs emergency disaster declaration," 7 May 2021 There’s the click of the stove being turned on, the sizzling sound of batter hitting hot oil, the gentle chopping of fruits and veggies — the juncture of early evening prayers. Zareen Syed,, "The iftar meal looks different during a pandemic Ramadan, but Chicago-area Muslims are finding solace in traditional, tenderly made dishes," 5 May 2021 The company didn't disclose sales from the click-to-WhatsApp ads, and the 1 million businesses using them are a fraction of WhatsApp's 50 million total business users. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Facebook lifts the lid on how it's making money from WhatsApp," 28 Apr. 2021 David Stellfox and his team, through anti-phishing training, helped cut the click rate on these malicious emails in half. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "A milestone for COVID vaccinations as all U.S. adults are eligible," 19 Apr. 2021 There are no TVs blaring, no click-clacking of keyboards, no siblings bickering. Tanika Davis,, "The unusual sound of quiet is a sure sign that there is a light at the end of the COVID-19 pandemic," 25 Apr. 2021 Your Luminar license works on both Windows and Mac platforms, granting you access to a treasure trove of editing tools, with everything from brushes and masking elements to single-click fixes. Greta Good, Chron, "Take your pictures to the next level with the Luminar 4 Bundle," 21 Apr. 2021 The April Studio drivers, released this week to coincide with Nvidia’s GTC 2021 conference, added a one-click optimization option for creative apps in Nvidia’s GeForce Experience. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia GeForce Experience Studio drivers optimize creative apps with one click," 16 Apr. 2021

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

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12 May 2021

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“Click.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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