\ 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

The light bulb has clicked on, and his experience is so valuable. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Football preview: Clear Falls looks to take the next step," 13 Aug. 2019 For some reason, seeing the dog in pain was the moment that something clicked for Michael. Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, "The Radical Transformations of a Battered Women’s Shelter," 13 Aug. 2019 With the static view, implanting the electrodes becomes something like a point-and-click activity: the surgeon selects a location, and the robot inserts the electrode there while compensating for any ensuing movement of the underlying tissue. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk’s Neuralink: Both an evolution and a plan for radical change," 13 Aug. 2019 Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press To see the full list of all winners, click here. Detroit Free Press, "Free Press receives 5 journalism awards from National Association of Black Journalists," 13 Aug. 2019 Search Orange and Brown Talk podcast or click here. Dan Labbe,, "What the Browns hope to accomplish in joint practices with the Colts: Orange and Brown Talk Podcast," 12 Aug. 2019 When an influencer uploads a photograph of, say, a fabulous lamp tagged with a link, followers who click on the link can buy the merchandise. New York Times, "Could Your House Be an Instagram Star?," 9 Aug. 2019 Other recommendations are easy to switch on by simply clicking Enable on the right. Nicole Carpenter, Time, "Here's How to Free Up Space On Your iPhone," 8 Aug. 2019 The Pixar-esque, nuanced approach to underdog heroism has clicked with the Chinese audience in a huge way, giving the film incredibly high social scores on leading review platforms, such as 9.7/10 on ticketing app Maoyan. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Chinese Animation Film 'Ne Zha' Became a Surprise $400M-Plus Hit," 8 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some have welcomed its introduction, which Reuters reports drew 120 million clicks in June in the US. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Google’s job search tool faces complaints from rivals in Europe," 13 Aug. 2019 That click gives cyberthieves access to information like passwords and in turn, money in bank or credit card accounts. Fortune, "What the IRS Wants You to Know About Tax Scams," 12 Aug. 2019 The click buys her a ticket for Denver’s public transit system, the Regional Transportation District. Kate Conger, New York Times, "Uber Wants to Sell You Train Tickets. And Be Your Bus Service, Too.," 7 Aug. 2019 In tests, JPMorgan Chase found that Persado’s machine-learning tool crafted better ad copy than its own writers could muster, as measured by the higher click rates—more than double in some case—on digital ads for Chase cards and mortgages. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "JPMorgan Chase has an AI copywriter that writes better ads than humans can," 7 Aug. 2019 The loudest clicks from sperm whales have been measured at 230—louder than a rocket launch but emanating underwater. Jennifer Emerling, National Geographic, "Seeking silence on a California road trip," 6 Aug. 2019 Now imagine those clicks beaming out of your computer to be harvested for marketers, data brokers or hackers. Anchorage Daily News, "He found your online data - and it’s for sale," 19 July 2019 This massive infrastructure investment also points to way to potential zero-click commerce. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How Amazon sunk its talons into your home," 12 July 2019 For a list of legitimate companies the Department of Education works with click here. CBS News, "How to spot a student loan scam," 9 July 2019

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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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