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trick

play
noun \ˈtrik\

Definition of trick

  1. 1a :  a crafty procedure or practice meant to deceive or defraudb :  a mischievous act :  prankc :  a deceptive, dexterous, or ingenious feat; especially :  one designed to puzzle or amuse a juggler's tricksd :  an indiscreet or childish action

  2. 2a (1) :  a quick or artful way of getting a result :  knack the trick is to make it look natural (2) :  an instance of getting a desired result one small adjustment will do the trickb :  a technical device (as of an art or craft) the tricks of stage technique

  3. 3a :  a delusive appearance especially when caused by art or legerdemain :  an optical illusion a mere trick of the lightb :  a habitual peculiarity of behavior or manner a horse with the trick of shyingc :  a characteristic and identifying feature a trick of speech

  4. 4 :  the cards played in one round of a card game often used as a scoring unit

  5. 5a :  a sexual act performed by a prostitute turning tricks; also :  john 2b :  shift 4b(1)c :  a trip taken as part of one's employmentd :  a turn of duty at the helm usually lasting for two hours

  6. 6 :  an attractive child or woman a cute little trick

Examples of trick in a Sentence

  1. It was a trick to persuade her to give him money.

  2. She enjoys playing tricks on her friends.

  3. For his last trick, the magician made a rabbit disappear.

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Origin and Etymology of trick

Middle English trikke, from Anglo-French *trik, from trikier to deceive, cheat, from Vulgar Latin *triccare, alteration of Latin tricari to behave evasively, shuffle, from tricae complications, trifles

Synonym Discussion of trick

trick, ruse, stratagem, maneuver, artifice, wile, feint mean an indirect means to gain an end. trick may imply deception, roguishness, illusion, and either an evil or harmless end. the tricks of the trade ruse stresses an attempt to mislead by a false impression. the ruses of smugglers stratagem implies a ruse used to entrap, outwit, circumvent, or surprise an opponent or enemy. the stratagem-filled game maneuver suggests adroit and skillful avoidance of difficulty. last-minute maneuvers to avert bankruptcy artifice implies ingenious contrivance or invention. the clever artifices of the stage wile suggests an attempt to entrap or deceive with false allurements. used all of his wiles to ingratiate himself feint implies a diversion or distraction of attention away from one's real intent. a feint toward the enemy's left flank

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trick

verb

Definition of trick

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to deceive by cunning or artifice :  cheat

  3. 2 :  to dress or adorn fancifully or ornately :  ornament tricked out in a gaudy uniform

Examples of trick in a Sentence

  1. He tricked her by wearing a disguise.

  2. you tricked me into thinking my ex wasn't coming to the party tonight

First Known Use of trick

circa 1500


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trick

adjective

Definition of trick

  1. 1a :  of or relating to or involving tricks or trickery trick photography trick diceb :  skilled in or used for tricks a trick horse

  2. 2a :  somewhat defective and unreliable a trick lockb :  inclined to give way unexpectedly a trick knee

  3. 3 :  trig

Examples of trick in a Sentence

  1. a trick shot in pool

  2. He has a trick knee.

First Known Use of trick

circa 1530


TRICK Defined for English Language Learners

trick

play
noun

Definition of trick for English Language Learners

  • : an action that is meant to deceive someone

  • : something done to surprise or confuse someone and to make other people laugh

  • : a clever and skillful action that someone performs to entertain or amuse people

trick

verb

Definition of trick for English Language Learners

  • : to deceive (someone)

trick

adjective

Definition of trick for English Language Learners

  • : using methods that are meant to deceive someone

  • : done in a clever or entertaining way

  • : weak and tending to fail suddenly


TRICK Defined for Kids

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trick

play
noun \ˈtrik\

Definition of trick for Students

  1. 1 :  an action intended to deceive or cheat

  2. 2 :  a mischievous act :  prank

  3. 3 :  an action designed to puzzle or amuse a card trick Mouse was trying to teach me a new yo-yo trick … — Judy Blume, Sheila the Great

  4. 4 :  a quick or clever way of doing something I know a trick for remembering names.

  5. 5 :  the cards played in one round of a game


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trick

play
verb

Definition of trick for Students

tricked

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tricking

  1. :  to deceive with tricks


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trick

play
adjective

Definition of trick for Students

  1. :  relating to or involving actions intended to deceive or puzzle We scored a touchdown on a trick play.



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