\ 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 onclick 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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clickable \ ˈkli-​kə-​bəl How to pronounce clickable (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And for even more deals from Amazon’s Big Style Sale, click here. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "Shop one-day deals on Columbia, C9 Champion, Reebok and more at Amazon’s Big Style Sale," 24 June 2020 For more information about the new activity dashboard, click here. Matt Piper, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "19 Wisconsin counties had 'high' coronavirus activity last week, according to new health department ratings," 23 June 2020 Students should click here to submit opinions of fewer than 250 words before June 30. WSJ, "How Many Statues Must Fall?," 23 June 2020 The warning label hides the president’s tweet, and users must click it to view the text., "Future of Seattle’s protest zone uncertain as police promise to return after shootings," 23 June 2020 The idea will be to allow gamers to click within a stream on Facebook in order to play or purchase a video game in xCloud, Spencer said. Fortune, "Microsoft to close game-streaming service Mixer," 22 June 2020 To attend an event, visit and click the registration link under the event description. oregonlive, "Powell’s bookstore is bringing back author events, virtually," 19 June 2020 For more information regarding tours of Globe Life Field, click here. Dallas News, "Want to tour Globe Life Field and have lunch on us? Enter our contest!," 15 June 2020 For a running list of restaurants that have closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, click here. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "Vandalism, looting and coronavirus permanently close this high-end steakhouse downtown," 10 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There are unlimited seasons, and the promise of some answer, or perhaps even some good news, always feels one click away. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "Doomscrolling Is Slowly Eroding Your Mental Health," 25 June 2020 The default Sport mode is a little sluggish on throttle response, but one click up into Sport Plus is perfect for vigorous street driving. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, "2020 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe Is More Than Just a Beauty, It's an All-Around Charmer," 23 June 2020 Right click or long press on Windows PowerShell and select Run as administrator. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10's May 2020 Update borks pooled Storage Spaces," 17 June 2020 The simple click of a computer mouse has never been so stressful. Samantha Highfill,, "Get a first look at HBO's investment banking drama Industry," 17 June 2020 But just one click further to their executive team pages brings me back to reality. Noelle Leveaux, Dallas News, "To those in power: Black Lives Matter can’t be just another marketing message," 16 June 2020 The bar for making deepfakes is worryingly low, with simple point-and-click programs built on top of AI algorithms already freely available. Will Knight, Wired, "Deepfakes Aren't Very Good. Nor Are the Tools to Detect Them," 12 June 2020 There isn't much public data to show how common no-click sharing may be among Twitter's userbase; the company didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Brian Fung, CNN, "Twitter would really like you to read stories before you share them," 10 June 2020 With the touchpad all the way in, push-to-click works on both left and right bottom corners of the pad. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Pinebook Pro review—a $200 FOSS-to-the-hilt magnesium-chassis laptop," 9 June 2020

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

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28 Jun 2020

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“Click.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce click (audio)

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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