\ 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

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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 Telling users not to click on email attachments and to recognize phishing sites isn't stopping these attackers from getting in. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Why you can’t bank on backups to fight ransomware anymore," 7 Feb. 2020 Consumers can call Infantino at 1-800-840-4916, email the company at or go online to and click on Recalls for more information. Francisco Guzman And Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Baby carriers sold at Target and Amazon are recalled because a child could fall out," 7 Feb. 2020 Consumers can contact Infantino at (800) 840-4916 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific time Monday through Friday; by email at; or online at (click on recalls for more information). Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Infant carriers sold at Amazon, Target, Walmart recalled for fall risk," 7 Feb. 2020 The exact details of the technology breach are not yet known, but city officials believe the ransomware got into the system by a city staffer clicking on a link in an email. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hit by a ransomware attack, the City of Racine is operating in the technologic dark ages and may be there all week," 4 Feb. 2020 Plus, click on the following links for deeper dives into Billboard's decade-end charts covering country, rock, R&B/hip-hop, Latin, Christian, gospel, dance/electronic, social activity and all-genre touring. Gary Trust, Billboard, "Katy Perry Is the No. 8 Top Artist of the 2010s, Plus More Reveals Leading Up to Billboard Music Awards," 4 Feb. 2020 Both offenses are averaging 109 points per game, and the Nuggets offense has been clicking on all cylinders lately after scoring 127 points against the Bucks. Geoff Clark, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Denver Nuggets at Detroit Pistons odds, picks and best bets," 2 Feb. 2020 Alternatively, head to your Facebook profile page, then click Photos. David Nield, Popular Science, "Move your digital photos between services without losing a pixel," 29 Jan. 2020 Imagine for a moment that the next Great American Novel was created in the 21st century as a point-and-click adventure game, woven out of Southern Gothic fiction, magical realism, and a techno-mystical understanding of hyperreality. Laura Hudson, Wired, "The Tragedy and Mystery of the ‘Best Game of the Decade’," 29 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The root cause is more than just the drive for TV ratings or web clicks, although that, of course, plays a role. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Media’s Lousy Election Analysis Is Damaging Political Discourse," 12 Feb. 2020 One student loan refinance company agreed to pay LendEDU $8.50 per click for a No. 1 spot and a spot on the rate table, according to the FTC complaint. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Loan refinancing website LendEDU sold rankings to highest bidders, FTC says," 6 Feb. 2020 For your extra effort, the noisy variant of switches inside the Varmilo VA87M rewards you with tactile kickback and thunderous clicks as one plastic component smacks into another. Jessica Boddy, Popular Science, "The best mechanical keyboards for every clickity clackity situation you can imagine," 4 Feb. 2020 The fees can add up quickly, and users must consider whether each click to view a public record is worth the cost. Ann E. Marimow, Washington Post, "Should the public pay a dime for access to court records?," 3 Feb. 2020 If there was a click or a sound wasn’t quite perfect. David Canfield,, "Laura Linney keeps finding new ways to play one of her greatest roles," 30 Jan. 2020 About 49% of Austin’s home web clicks were generated by people looking from outside the area. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "More than one in four D-FW home shoppers are from out of town," 30 Jan. 2020 That’s one of many photographs and videos that have been popularly mis-captioned or photoshopped by people seeing to gain clicks—and/or dollars—from Australia's heart-tugging environmental disaster. National Geographic, "When is a photograph accurate?," 17 Jan. 2020 For all the clicks, this represents few people and no constructive ideas. Gerry Smith, Fortune, "Rupert Murdoch’s son slams family newspapers’ ‘ongoing denial’ of climate change role in Australian wildfires," 15 Jan. 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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15 Feb 2020

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“Click.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 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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