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 Tap the toggle next to iMessage to disable the feature on your iPhone. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 19 June 2022 Tap the toggle to enable Drop In and other communications. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 9 June 2022 Enlarge / Dongle storage and a power toggle depicted on the mouse's underside. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 26 Apr. 2022 At one exhibit, where children could move a handle to control a swirling tornado on a video screen, Kayla Merritt of San Diego watched as her grade school-age son, Taylor, played with the toggle. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 June 2022 From there, tap the toggle next to Enable chat features to turn RCS off. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 18 May 2022 The steering wheel has volume and tuning controls, but flicking a toggle is only a marginal improvement over a touch screen for selecting tracks, stations and podcasts. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 26 May 2022 Go to Settings > Notes, then slide the toggle next to Save to Photos to the left to disable it. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 15 May 2022 This driver-level toggle is available starting today for AMD GPUs and will upscale lower-res games that otherwise don't have custom FSR support baked in. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 17 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Users can toggle between different communities, each offering a variety of chat channels. Taylor Lorenz, Washington Post, 24 July 2022 To change whether your account is public or private, visit Settings, Privacy, and toggle your account to Private. Wired, 7 July 2022 On an Android device, scroll down to ‘App settings,’ click on ‘Behavior’ and toggle the developer mode slider. Toby Grey, BGR, 28 June 2022 Many sensible policies—say, mask mandates that toggle on in grocery stores, public transport, and other essential spaces when community transmission is high—seem unlikely in this political climate. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 27 June 2022 Consumers may have to toggle between online retailers and physical stores just to find tests in stock. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 21 Jan. 2022 While the notion of a journalist working in text and video simultaneously might seem like an aberration, the fact is that the ability to toggle between media venues has fast become de rigueur across the industry. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 11 Apr. 2022 How to unmute someone on Instagram Follow the same exact steps, and toggle off mute posts and mute story options. Orlando Mayorquin, USA TODAY, 12 May 2022 Privacy > Location Services, and toggle the switch off and on while Wi-Fi is enabled on the iPhone. Dalvin Brown, WSJ, 6 May 2022 See More

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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

History and Etymology for toggle


origin unknown

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22 Jun 2022

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“Toggle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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