tog·​gle | \ ˈtä-gəl How to pronounce toggle (audio) \

Definition of toggle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a piece or device for holding or securing: such as
a : a pin inserted in a nautical knot to make it more secure or easier to slip
b : a crosspiece attached to the end of or to a loop in something (such as a chain, rope, line, strap, or belt) usually to prevent slipping, to serve in twisting or tightening, or to hold something attached
2 : a device consisting of two bars jointed together end to end but not in line so that when a force is applied to the joint tending to straighten it pressure will be exerted on the parts adjacent or fixed to the outer ends of the bars also : a device with a joint using a toggle
3 computers : a setting that can be switched between two different options by performing a single action (such as selecting a menu option or pressing a key)


toggled; toggling\ ˈtä-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce toggle (audio) \; toggles

Definition of toggle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to fasten with or as if with a toggle
2 : to furnish with a toggle
3 : to switch between two different options for (something, such as a computer setting) usually by pressing a single button or a simple key combination toggle the sound on a computer off and on

intransitive verb

: to switch between usually two different options, states, or activities : alternate, cycle Prevent bad habits by intervening when kids toggle between texting and studying …— Phyllis Fagell The brain continues to toggle back and forth between non-REM and REM sleep throughout the night, once every hour and a half.— Alice Park et al. specifically : to change between usually two options of an electronic device by means of a simple hardware or software control (such as a button, a switch, or a combination of keys) You also get … an icon that lets you toggle between keyboard and gamepad controls. — Ian Paul Users can toggle between these three views at any time, offering a more customizable way to consume the content on the site. — Arielle Pardes … a prompt asks for permission to access the front-facing camera. As with any app, this permission can be toggled on or off … — Joe Rossignol Using the steering wheel, you can toggle through various layouts including navigation, trip computer, audio, driver's assistance features, and a tachometer. — Benjamin Zhang

Examples of toggle in a Sentence

Noun Instead of buttons, the jacket has toggles.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Chief among them was a problem for some users that resulted in the new toggle to control App Tracking Transparency being grayed out. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "iOS 14.5.1 now available to download with fix for app tracking bug," 3 May 2021 In order to turn the new Display Cover feature on, go to the Settings tab on your Kindle, select Device Options, and then tap the toggle next to the Show Cover option. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "Kindle finally gets a feature users have been requesting for 13 years," 16 Apr. 2021 Many dashboards will offer a simple toggle feature to block the vendor or manufacturer from viewing data. Yi Jin, Forbes, "Securing Your Data In The New World Of AI-Enabled Data Management," 9 Apr. 2021 The fact that Google doesn’t include a different toggle for FLoC tracking seems to be an indication that Google doesn’t want users to opt out of FLoC tracking, at least not yet. Chris Smith, BGR, "How to opt out of Chrome’s user tracking tool that replaces cookies," 1 Apr. 2021 It’s controlled by an intuitive toggle in the center console. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2022 VW Golf R, hot hatchback for connoisseurs, keeps the compact performance flag flying," 15 Mar. 2021 Network and Location Settings > Use my data to make ads more relevant to me > tap the toggle. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "How to opt out of T-Mobile’s new automatic data sharing program," 9 Mar. 2021 The shifter is a novel and simple toggle on the gauge cluster. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2021 VW ID4 electric SUV challenges leaders like RAV4, CR-V, despite marginal battery range," 1 Mar. 2021 First spotted by Chrome Story, Google has added a toggle to the global media control menu in Chrome which allows users to easily turn Live Captions on and off. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "One of Android’s best features is finally coming to Chrome," 26 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Working around constraints, the curators skillfully created combinations of objects that toggle between layers of meaning. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cleveland Museum of Art’s reinstalls contemporary art galleries with focus on artistic forms, social issues," 18 Apr. 2021 Scientists have found a small handful of other animals that can toggle through brain sizes. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, "Want to Be Ant Royalty? Prepare to Lose Part of Your Brain.," 13 Apr. 2021 Most of us toggle between different time orientations. Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, "The key to stopping procrastination? Compassion.," 12 Apr. 2021 From here, toggle them on or off depending on your preferences Voilà! Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "How to get rid of all the junk in your Windows 10 Start menu," 11 Apr. 2021 Users may not have the self-awareness to toggle their settings for the sake of their mental state. Fortune, "Are you ‘frenvious’ on Instagram?," 15 Apr. 2021 It was invented in the late 1800s by William Lawrence Murphy, who needed his small San Francisco apartment to toggle between entertaining and sleeping areas. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Convertible Furniture Is the Space-Saving Trend That Will Level-Up Your Home," 13 Apr. 2021 One of the screens could rotate up to 90 degrees, with the aim of letting users toggle different apps at the same time and multitask more easily. Michelle Toh, CNN, "LG was a smartphone pioneer. Now it's quitting the business," 5 Apr. 2021 So the month between the announcement and April 2 does, at least, demonstrate awareness that live performance won’t toggle on like a light switch. Helen Shaw, Vulture, "What Happens to New York Theater on April 2?," 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of toggle


circa 1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1836, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Toggle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of toggle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small piece of wood, plastic, metal, etc., that is pushed through a loop or hole to fasten one part of something to another part
computers : a setting that can be switched between two different options by pressing a single key, making a single choice from a menu, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of toggle (Entry 2 of 2)

computers : to switch between two options by pressing a single key, making a single choice from a menu, etc.

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