\ 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tap or click here to do that in your favorite browser. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 8 May 2022 There are also lots of little features that spin, click and otherwise make noise. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 5 May 2022 Live coverage has on ended on this blog, please click here for the latest. Saba Hamedy, NBC News, 4 May 2022 For more information or for more ideas, click here. Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, 22 Apr. 2022 For a list of affiliate stations in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa, click here. Chicago Tribune Staff,, 6 Apr. 2022 To read The Washington Post article, co-written by CBS News' Robert Costa and The Washington Post's Bob Woodward, click here. CBS News, 24 Mar. 2022 And to read our interview with Heather Headley (Helen) and Dion Johnstone (Erik) about their storyline this season, click here. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 7 Feb. 2022 Another wild sports week lies ahead and our Caesars promo code CLECZR will activate an incredible $1,100 risk-free bet for players who click ---> here. Xl Media, cleveland, 26 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The real magic lies in the removable brush head that click-clacks satisfyingly onto the pole. Shilpa Uskokovic, Bon Appétit, 9 May 2022 Just got to slow things down and have that click, with the pitching, the offense, the base running. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 7 May 2022 There's no denying the convenience of Amazon's one-click shopping, and the fast free shipping only adds to its appeal. Kaitlin Marks, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 May 2022 Whoever receives this gift can learn from Alicia Keys, Anna Wintour, Tan France, Christina Aguilera, Bobbi Brown, Marc Jacobs, and more at the click of a button. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 21 Apr. 2022 The government's new website, which can be accessed at, will enable Americans to access information about vaccines, tests treatments and masks at the click of a button. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2022 If items are readily available, go for the latter, which allows impulsive buyers to snatch them at the click of a button. Patricia Marx, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 With virtual fittings at a click, Nordstrom takes the guesswork out of brands from Skims to Natori to Wacoal. Vogue, 30 Jan. 2022 There are too many temptations, especially with so many purchases available at a click of a button. The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for click


\ 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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