\ 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 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

Or better yet, report it to Facebook immediately by clicking the three dots in the top-right corner of the post. Zoe Miller, Good Housekeeping, "The "Secret Sister Gift Exchange" on Facebook Is a Scam," 13 Nov. 2018 Tickets went on sale Monday and can be purchased through the Navy ticket office at 1-800-US4-NAVY or by clicking on the TICKETS tab in the masthead of Don Markus,, "Maryland-Navy will square off in Annapolis in 2018 Veterans Classic," 2 July 2018 On a Mac, the easiest way to get to the same settings panel is through Spotlight Search, either by clicking the magnifying glass on the taskbar or by using Command + Space to search. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "AirDrop Might Be the Best Way to Share Files. Here's How to Use It.," 7 Nov. 2018 In lieu of a formal check-in desk, a standard bearer greets guests by militarily clicking his heels before leading them under a shower of rose petals and into the former ruler of Hyderabad’s neo-Palladian palace. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 From buying advice to digital life issues, click here for my free podcasts. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "Is Netflix best bet for cord-cutters or should you consider Amazon, Hulu or Vudu?," 13 July 2018 For more information about Build-A-Bear's Bonus Club, click here. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How to Get Your Build-A-Bear Voucher After the Pay Your Age Fiasco," 13 July 2018 Whenever the buzzer vibrated or the lightbulb changed color from orange to red, I was supposed to click the button on my finger. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "I took AAA’s distracted driving road test. It wasn’t pretty.," 28 June 2018 And this kind of reasoning makes for effective, click-friendly articles. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The “why can’t we all just get along” theory of politics," 3 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Google maximizes your ad clicks (while not being evil, of course). Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Tim O’Reilly on why the future doesn’t have to suck," 2 Aug. 2018 First question: Isn’t this just a shameless grab for clicks? Gary Gramling,, "The American Football Person’s Guide to the Royal Wedding," 18 May 2018 But what if what many Facebook users really want — as measured by their clicks and eyeballs — are prank videos, D.I.Y. hacks, and sensational headlines? Kevin Roose, New York Times, "Facebook’s Other Critics: Its Viral Stars," 8 Apr. 2018 Putting affiliation data in the Cow Clicker database allowed me to provide leaderboard rankings by network, allowing my players to compete for clicks with their work colleagues or classmates. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "My Cow Game Extracted Your Facebook Data," 22 Mar. 2018 Registering your pet as an emotional support animal can take little more than a few clicks on a certification website like or, and this ease has undoubtedly led to a rise in registrations. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Delta is now restricting emotional support animals on flights. This could be a good thing.," 11 Dec. 2018 Plus, an e-commerce site launched today, so fans of the brands are now only a few clicks away from shopping their favorites. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Is America ready for Denmark’s coolest design brand?," 1 Nov. 2018 YouTube has an army of natural hair influencers whose hair-care tips and styling tutorials are accessible with just a few clicks and keystrokes. Noel Cymone Walker, Allure, "Is It Time to Reclaim the Word "Nappy"?," 25 Sep. 2018 In the age of online giving campaigns, donating to charity has never been easier: Just a few clicks can help make a tremendous difference to your cause of choice. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "What Financial Planners Want You to Know Before You Donate to Charity," 7 Aug. 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 \
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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