\ ˈklik \
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 \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for click

Synonyms: Verb

come off, deliver, go, go over, pan out, succeed, work out

Antonyms: Verb

bomb, collapse, fail, flop, flunk, fold, founder, miss, strike out, wash out

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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

For number of pills in each blister pack, click here. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "A child took some psychiatric drugs on his own. And 470,000 drug packs got recalled," 8 July 2018 For more information on booking Waffle House, click here. Southern Living, "You've Got to See This Atlanta Bride's Waffle House Wedding Photos," 2 July 2018 Heading east, Pakenham spies a parked van from a tiling company and clicks on his iPhone — the first step in collecting evidence. Elizabeth Royte, Daily Intelligencer, "George Pakenham is waging a one-man war on air pollution on the Upper West Side.," 10 July 2018 For more exciting Beaver Creek adventures, click here. Discover Magazine, "One-on-One with Executive Chef Kevin Erving," 6 July 2018 The numbers are compiled from death certificates in which a doctor or medical examiner clicked the box for flu and pneumonia, a condition often caused by severe flu cases. Todd Ackerman, San Antonio Express-News, "Flu killed nearly 10,000 Texans in 2017-2018," 27 June 2018 For a directory of stores and News Agents that sell Scientific American in the United Kingdom, click here. Scientific American, "Where can I purchase a print edition of Scientific American?," 20 June 2018 Registration/sponsorship forms are available at the church website,, by clicking on Music Festival and scrolling down to the walk-a-thon information. Courant Community, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 12 June 2018 For more information, including a full list of artists, venues and events, click here. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "Works by Over 100 Contemporary Artists Take Over Cleveland," 14 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Manufacturing a crisis, stoking hysteria and even condoning violence, all in the name of getting clicks and viewers. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Anti-Trump media moves goal posts after executive order in 'shameful' display of bias," 22 June 2018 Is that not the kind of controversy that gets clicks and reactions? Jasmyne Cannick And Patrisse Khan-cullors, The Root, "An Open Letter to the Mainstream Media Covering the Death of Black People by the Police," 12 Feb. 2018 Five clicks and $150 later, your Prince will soon come. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "We the seagulls," 22 June 2018 That one click set off a social media firestorm, and even earned Machado the back page of the New York Daily News. The Baltimore Sun,, "Orioles' Manny Machado likes Instagram pic of himself in Yankees uniform as trade talk intensifies," 12 July 2018 Axios is hardly the only political observer that sometimes exaggerates or cherry-picks polling data to pull the excited or the frightened into a click. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "How to Interpret 2018 Polls Without Fooling Yourself," 10 July 2018 The photographs, though, couldn’t capture every moment of the churning chaos, the horrors happening between each click of the shutter. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Laser-Shooting Planes Uncover the Horror and Humanity of World War I," 9 July 2018 Labdoor makes money selling products through click referrals, but its evaluations are available for free; ConsumerLab has a subscription model, charging users a fee to access its reports. Peter Andrey Smith, Outside Online, "Don't Trust the Label on Your Supplements," 5 July 2018 When a victim responds to a call, email or clicks on a pop-up, criminals will offer to help fix the victim's technical issues, leading them to request remote access to the victim's device. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "FBI: Big increase in tech-support fraud in Arizona this year," 3 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'click.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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Phrases Related to click

click one's tongue

double click

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

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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 \
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 \

Medical Definition of click 

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

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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