\ 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 click (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 Somehow, in the afterglow of that performance, holding that slice of cake with my face on it, however, things finally started to click. Sameer Gadhia, Rolling Stone, "Young The Giant’s Sameer Gadhia: Rock Music Must Unearth Its Diverse Roots," 27 Apr. 2021 The email instructed Lim to click on a link that would help her change her password. Los Angeles Times, "Column: How to stop Facebook identity thieves in their tracks," 27 Apr. 2021 This is a very unappealing visual act—something that didn’t quite click until, well, the camera was about to. Emma Specter, Vogue, "What Do I Do With My Hands Now?," 26 Apr. 2021 If you’ve been assaulted and need help, click here for a list of organizations and resources with immediate support options. Essence, "'Six Years After You Raped Me, I’m Still Healing'," 22 Apr. 2021 The receiving core is even more depleted — Greg Ward was last season’s leader in receptions, and with just 53 — while the offensive line never did find its equilibrium, position and personnel changes all season failed to click. Howard Megdal, Forbes, "Philadelphia Eagles NFL Draft Preview: Why Mac Jones Makes Sense," 21 Apr. 2021 To take the survey, visit the commission’s website,, and click on the Solon Connects link on the home page. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Town hall meeting maps out plan for Solon Connects," 18 Apr. 2021 Under Details, click the Remove offers button, which will unsubscribe you from the Special Offers that appear on your lock screen. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "Kindle finally gets a feature users have been requesting for 13 years," 16 Apr. 2021 Tap or click here for the instructions to install PowerToys. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "5 new Windows 10 tricks you’ll wish you knew before now," 15 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There are no TVs blaring, no click-clacking of keyboards, no siblings bickering. Tanika Davis,, "The unusual sound of quiet is a sure sign that there is a light at the end of the COVID-19 pandemic," 25 Apr. 2021 Your Luminar license works on both Windows and Mac platforms, granting you access to a treasure trove of editing tools, with everything from brushes and masking elements to single-click fixes. Greta Good, Chron, "Take your pictures to the next level with the Luminar 4 Bundle," 21 Apr. 2021 The April Studio drivers, released this week to coincide with Nvidia’s GTC 2021 conference, added a one-click optimization option for creative apps in Nvidia’s GeForce Experience. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia GeForce Experience Studio drivers optimize creative apps with one click," 16 Apr. 2021 By all accounts, the rush to patch Exchange servers has been largely successful, thanks in part to a one-click tool Microsoft released about a month ago. Brian Barrett, Wired, "The FBI Takes a Drastic Step to Fight China’s Hacking Spree," 14 Apr. 2021 And in today’s instant, one-click world, consumers want to communicate with all businesses in the moment, with no hassle or cumbersome paperwork. Jake Levant, Forbes, "Why TikTok Should Scare Banks And Insurers," 9 Apr. 2021 Another tool called private-click management gives advertisers a way to measure when a user clicks an ad inside an app and is taken to a web page, but without revealing data about the individual user. NBC News, "Apple to start enforcing new app privacy notifications in coming weeks," 7 Apr. 2021 Even a small click toward self-awareness would make a huge difference, and there is a version of this show going back to its original description that could’ve been so much more fascinating. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, "Chad Tests the Limits of How Funny Awkward Can Be," 6 Apr. 2021 There’s a potato chip-like crunchiness to the audio design, from the click-clacking of your gun reloads to your boots sloshing through the mud. Washington Post, "‘Outriders’ is a game too tasty, and too expensive, to stay online only," 6 Apr. 2021

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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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30 Apr 2021

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“Click.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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