click

verb
\ 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

click

noun

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

Verb

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

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

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 For more information on the BIBFAs, click HERE–and don’t forget to vote for your favorites from now until Tuesday, August 27th at 8pm! Nandi Howard, Essence, "Cast Your Vote for ESSENCE's Best In Black Fashion Awards," 23 Aug. 2019 For those interested in learning more or donating to This Is About Humanity, click here. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Kelly Ripa Shares Photos from Her First Community Service Trip to the US-Mexico Border," 16 Sep. 2019 And though climate change has hardly taken center stage in the campaign news cycle so far, there are signs that this could be the year things start to click. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Blood-Dimmed Tide," 16 Sep. 2019 If some of these companies decided on their own to limit political speech on their platforms, consumers could take their mouse clicks elsewhere. Hans A. Von Spakovsky, National Review, "FEC Chair Embarks Down the High-Tech Road to Censorship," 12 Sep. 2019 For more information and a complete show schedule, click here. 2. Thomas Ilalaole, Billboard, "8 Things We Learned at RuPaul's DragCon NYC 2019," 9 Sep. 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, sun-sentinel.com, "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, SFChronicle.com, "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, courant.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "Weedmaps to stop advertising unlicensed pot businesses," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of click

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for click

Verb

probably imitative

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

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click

verb

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

click

noun

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

click

verb
\ 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.

click

noun

Kids Definition of click (Entry 2 of 2)

: a slight sharp noise

click

noun
\ 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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