\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

Letarte was on his way to a Japanese steak house on the Las Vegas Strip with Earnhardt and his now-wife Amy when they got stuck in traffic and something clicked. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "The biggest turning point in Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Steve Letarte's relationship," 10 July 2018 Wait for your computer to recognize the device, then click the Start Globe and and select Computer to open Windows Explorer. Scientific American, "How do I read eBooks on my Kindle Fire? (PC users)," 21 June 2018 Consumers shouldn't click on a foreign link or give out any personal information like credit card numbers, emails, or social security numbers. CBS News, "Trace Adkins says taking down impostors on social media like playing "whack-a-mole"," 12 July 2018 And don’t forget to forward these itineraries to friends, share your thoughts with us, read our previous plans that still work, and find our recommendations’ exact locations, hours and so on by clicking on our Google Map. New York Times, "Things to Do in NYC: Astoria for a Pool Day, and Open-Mic Night Plus Dumplings in Chinatown," 12 July 2018 By last Thursday morning, nearly half a million viewers had clicked on a video of the confrontation that the teacher, Kristin Mink, had posted on Facebook. Author: Paul Schwartzman, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "'Viciousness': Trump aides endure public fury toward president's policies," 9 July 2018 To get involved with his SaveMoneySaveLife organization, click here. Vic Mensa, Teen Vogue, "Vic Mensa: Don't Ask Me to Love America When It Doesn't Love Me," 4 July 2018 Information: Coach Keller, (708) 599-7200, Ext. 225 or visit and click on the sports camps tab. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Sports calendar," 3 July 2018 To see if your local Krispy Kreme shop is taking part, and to join the countdown, click here. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "World Chocolate Day: Krispy Kreme to ‘Glaze the Globe,’ to offer Chocolate Glaze Doughnuts July 7," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Residents have formed protest groups, lobbied city and state representatives, gone to court, sold their homes and moved—and even created a high-tech tool for kvetching, enabling them to register thousands of complaints at the click of a button. Katy Mclaughlin, WSJ, "Affluent—and Angry—Homeowners Raise Ruckus Over Roar of Overhead Planes," 5 July 2018 And then, with the click of a button on some content management system, all of it was gone. David Murphy,, "Bryan Colangelo's downfall is stunning, but the Sixers did the right thing | David Murphy," 7 June 2018 Living in a nostalgia age, kids who grew up watching Disney Channel and Nickelodeon can now easily stalk follow all their favorite stars with the click of a mouse. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "12 Disney and Nick Stars Making Fun of Their Famous Characters," 8 Aug. 2017 For royal-wedding watchers glued to their screens, the keepsakes and tchotchkes are a click away as well. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "The Royal Wedding, Coming to a Podcast, Tell-All and Lifetime Movie Near You," 24 Apr. 2018 This kind of rapid iteration works well in the software industry because a programmer can change one line of code and then re-build the entire project with the click of a button. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Experts say Tesla has repeated car industry mistakes from the 1980s," 22 Apr. 2018 Back then, there was a strange click, then a feeling that something had moved. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, "The Woman Was Fit and Healthy. Why Did Her Lung Mysteriously Collapse?," 28 Mar. 2018 The only sound is the click of the intravenous ketamine pump. J.p. Lawrence, San Antonio Express-News, "Ketamine could help veterans with PTSD, but clinics may be jumping the gun," 2 Feb. 2018 For fans of Pinterest, a pin is just a few clicks away. Sheila Vilvens,, "Have you ever tried snow ice cream? Here's my favorite recipe," 12 Jan. 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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