\ 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 In a point-and-click world, that was a seismic move. TRC Lab is selling like hotcakes. Martha Mccully, Los Angeles Times, "Browsing: Shopping for rugs with interior designer Adam Hunter," 17 Sep. 2019 Overall, our offense, everything just started clicking again after the break., "No. 16 Medina snaps No. 8 Wadsworth’s 22-game win streak, 31-28, after resumption of storm-suspended game," 14 Sep. 2019 Hearing cameras click, the quizzical cheetah again fixes amber eyes on the rest of us upright, frozen paparazzi. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Wild time on a Serengeti safari," 11 Sep. 2019 That means breaking free of the instinct to click over to Twitter in times of boredom can be a hard habit to break. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "What to do when you’re bored at work," 27 Aug. 2019 To find our coverage of the game and others throughout the Bay Area, click here. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, "What channel is the De La Salle-St. Thomas Aquinas game being televised on?," 23 Aug. 2019 To buy tickets and see a complete list of dates, click here. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "O TannenbauMMMBop: Hanson Announces Wintry Mix Tour of Holiday Classics," 13 Sep. 2019 Judge for yourself from the captures below (click to enlarge). Jon L. Jacobi, PCWorld, "Thinkware X700 dash cam review: Classy design with a few missing pieces," 2 Sep. 2019 The more content, the more viewers will hang out there and click around, and the more advertising money YouTube can collect. Sara Harrison, WIRED, "No One's Happy With YouTube's Content Moderation Policies," 28 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In Britain nearly a quarter of clicks for foreign-language teachers, interpreters, translators and bilingual customer-service representatives come from elsewhere in the European Union, compared with just 3% of clicks for all jobs. The Economist, "In Britain, command of a foreign language is still à la mode," 13 Sep. 2019 The world’s largest retailer has stirred up a new way to shop for groceries, letting customers purchase ingredients featured in 4,000 Buzzfeed Tasty videos with one click, Walmart announced Tuesday. Doreen Christensen,, "Walmart now lets you instantly purchase ingredients in Buzzfeed’s Tasty videos," 20 Aug. 2019 That likely brought the total a click too far south. Skip Snow, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Arizona Diamondbacks at New York Mets odds, picks and betting tips," 11 Sep. 2019 This is the guy who is supposed to make the offense click, connect with Derek Carr, lead the Raiders to greatness? Ann Killion,, "Disaster scenario? Antonio Brown hijacking Raiders’ season before it begins," 5 Sep. 2019 The more clicks generated from a user’s shared link to a product on Pinduoduo’s list, the cheaper the good gets. Echo Huang, Quartz, "Here are your four apps to understand China’s grassroots consumers," 21 Aug. 2019 There was another click, and the air blew cool again. Karina Bland, azcentral, "My AC, my AC, why hast thou forsaken me?," 14 Apr. 2019 Now all that can be done with a few clicks on a computer or swipes on a smart phone. Peter Marteka,, "South Windsor looking to add more meetings to the airwaves, cyberspace," 6 Sep. 2019 With a few clicks on a cellphone, customers can find virtually any type of cannabis product, along with the fastest route to the place selling it and ratings from other consumers to help them decide what to buy. Mike Blood And Gene Johnson,, "Weedmaps to stop advertising unlicensed pot businesses," 22 Aug. 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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25 Oct 2019

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

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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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