\ 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 clickable (audio) \ 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

To see an annotation, click on the yellow, highlighted text. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Brett Kavanaugh, Trump and what the Starr Report says about impeachment, annotated," 11 July 2018 To figure out what is what, just click on the interactive map, with yummy markings like Snow Cream in North Carolina and hamburgers in North Dakota. Leila Cobo, Billboard, "Google Doodle Celebrates 4th of July Recipes," 3 July 2018 To read more about my mother searching through bank bat caves click the link in my profile...and always more action on my Insta Story. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "India Hicks Recounts Her Mother's Treasure Hunt for Lost Jewels," 21 Feb. 2019 The images were also long rectangles that got cut off by standard Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram framing, so users had to make the conscious effort to click on them instead of passively scrolling by. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The best memes of 2018, according to The Verge staff," 27 Dec. 2018 The Huffington Post headline was designed to get its anti-Trump readers to click. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "The Clickbait Era, Donald Trump and plunging trust in media," 12 Sep. 2018 Families clicked on a link to find a video from Principal Josh Gignac. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "It’s an ‘Ice Ice Day’—Schools Set Snow Day Announcements to Music," 7 Feb. 2019 For more tips on how to prevent your pipes from freezing or bursting, click here. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "The Polar Vortex Could Severely Damage Your Home," 1 Feb. 2019 Here are 13 of the most memorable Super Bowl ads of all time—from expertly orchestrated emotional arcs and click-bait-ready celebrity cameos to heritage companies making new moves, or just plain clever branding. Vogue, "The 13 Most Iconic Super Bowl Ads of All Time," 31 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This is simply key since every single thing in Logan Hardware is easy to find on Amazon and can be gotten with a click. Kara Swisher, Recode, "Amazon is dominant online, but local retail still has advantages Jeff Bezos can’t replicate," 12 Nov. 2018 In an age when anything a child could possibly want to watch is available with a click on the tablet or smartphone that is probably sitting on his bedside table, KidZone TV can seem quaint. Andy Newman, New York Times, "Live, From the Children’s Ward," 29 June 2018 Each meeting has intricacies and conundrums that cannot be solved with a quick click of a mouse. Harold Goldberg,, "‘Where the Water Tastes Like Wine’ is a giant leap forward for video game storytelling," 22 Mar. 2018 Now, with a shallow and economical click of the mouse, we’re done. Christine M. Flowers,, "RIP Toys R US: Remembering brand new Barbies and green plastic soldiers in the age of e-commerce | Christine Flowers," 15 Mar. 2018 Its home page features icons of the Canadian and Mexican flags, which translate the page into either French or Spanish with a click. Washington Post, "AP FACT CHECK: GOP Senate hopefuls twist truth in nasty race," 27 Feb. 2018 These apps generate fraudulent requests that cost ad networks significant revenue as a result of the fake clicks. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "22 apps with 2 million+ Google Play downloads had a malicious backdoor," 6 Dec. 2018 The fact that your data is not disclosed in an Excel spreadsheet but through a click on a targeted ad is irrelevant. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why we can’t stop debating whether Facebook sells data," 14 Dec. 2018 Like other channels that have recently made headlines for their massively viral hit videos, T-Series is run by an Asian corporation churning out videos on a large multi-channel network that is designed to drive clicks. Aja Romano, Vox, "PewDiePie resides at the center of what seems to be a growing divide between YouTube subcultures," 14 Dec. 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 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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