trick

noun
\ ˈtrik How to pronounce trick (audio) \

Definition of trick

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a crafty procedure or practice meant to deceive or defraud
b : a mischievous act : prank
c : a deceptive, dexterous, or ingenious feat especially : one designed to puzzle or amuse a juggler's tricks
d : an indiscreet or childish action
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 trick
b : a technical device (as of an art or craft) the tricks of stage technique
3a : a delusive appearance especially when caused by art or legerdemain : an optical illusion a mere trick of the light
b : a habitual peculiarity of behavior or manner a horse with the trick of shying
c : a characteristic and identifying feature a trick of speech
4 : the cards played in one round of a card game often used as a scoring unit
5a : a sexual act performed by a prostitute turning tricks also : john sense 2
c : a trip taken as part of one's employment
d : a turn of duty at the helm usually lasting for two hours
6 : an attractive child or woman a cute little trick

trick

verb
tricked; tricking; tricks

Definition of trick (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to deceive by cunning or artifice : cheat
2 : to dress or adorn fancifully or ornately : ornament tricked out in a gaudy uniform

trick

adjective

Definition of trick (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : of or relating to or involving tricks or trickery trick photography trick dice
b : skilled in or used for tricks a trick horse
2a : somewhat defective and unreliable a trick lock
b : inclined to give way unexpectedly a trick knee
3 : trig

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Noun

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

Examples of trick in a Sentence

Noun

It was a trick to persuade her to give him money. She enjoys playing tricks on her friends. For his last trick, the magician made a rabbit disappear.

Verb

He tricked her by wearing a disguise. you tricked me into thinking my ex wasn't coming to the party tonight

Adjective

a trick shot in pool He has a trick knee.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For the Warriors, the trick is to view things as three individual, unrelated games. Dan Woike, latimes.com, "NBA Finals: Raptors one win from title, but Kevin Durant could change everything," 9 June 2019 The trick is to make jokes that will play to the people at home and the people in the room. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, "James Corden on Hosting Tonys, 'Carpool Karaoke' Wish List," 7 June 2019 But the real trick is having the interface teach people to go from the first group to the second group without having to focus on teaching themselves how iPadOS works. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "iPadOS impressions: flexible and powerful, but is it intuitive?," 6 June 2019 Experts say that the trick to using this to your advantage is to temper your excitement. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Forget Romance, Is Playing Hard to Get the Key to Professional Success?," 4 June 2019 The trick is going to a thrift store that no-one goes to, obviously, and having a good tailor. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "TRACE Tackles Loneliness and L.A. Living in "All My Friends"," 17 May 2019 The trick is to go swimming, because diving into the water means crossing a sharp acoustical line. Helen Czerski, WSJ, "The Calm of the Underwater Soundscape," 15 May 2019 The trick for me was seeing the audience as a group of friends. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Lydia Fenet Knows How to Command the Room," 9 Apr. 2019 For people with extremely sensitive skin, Dr. MacKelfresh says a simple rinse with water will do the trick. Sara Coughlin, SELF, "Is Double Cleansing Truly Worth Your Precious Time?," 1 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Fighting under the pseudonym Pedro, Herrera tricked her compatriots by tucking away her braids and wearing men’s clothing. Teen Vogue, "Mexican Revolutionary Petra Herrera Posed as a Man to Fight for Her Country," 1 Apr. 2019 In other words, applying melatonin topically can trick your skin into triggering antioxidant behavior that would otherwise kick in during sleep, where skin regeneration is naturally at its best performance. Allure, "Melatonin Is Trending in Skin Care Lately, But Can It Really Benefit Your Skin?," 20 Mar. 2019 Brutal winter storms have tricked us into thinking that warmer weather will never arrive. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Here's the Best Time to Book Your Summer Travel," 27 Feb. 2019 Even when encryption can't be defeated, attackers can sometimes trick targets into dropping their defenses, as the BGP hijacking against MyEtherWallet.com did. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Strange snafu misroutes domestic US Internet traffic through China Telecom," 6 Nov. 2018 Decades of misleading map projections might trick many Americans into guessing Maine, but the answer is actually one tiny town in Minnesota. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Tiny Minnesota Town Is Completely Surrounded by Canada," 5 Nov. 2018 Bad people are trying to intimidate or trick people into not voting. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Four ways the internet changed the midterm elections," 7 Nov. 2018 As previously reported, the series sees Cohen disguising himself and tricking people into going along with segments in order to make fools out of them. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Sacha Baron Cohen called out by gun store owner for trying to trick him for a 'Who Is America?' sketch," 18 July 2018 On Tuesday, Palin wrote on Facebook that she was tricked into sitting down with Cohen. Evan Real, Billboard, "Sacha Baron Cohen's Showtime Character Fires Back at Sarah Palin," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The ‘00s are cool again, right? (Trick question: They, like Britney, have always been cool.) Kara Nesvig, Allure, "The Top 10 Britney Spears Perfumes in Order of Greatness," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of trick

Noun

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

Verb

circa 1500, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Adjective

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for trick

Noun

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

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trick

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trick

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of trick (Entry 2 of 3)

: to deceive (someone)

trick

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of trick (Entry 3 of 3)

: using methods that are meant to deceive someone
: done in a clever or entertaining way
US : weak and tending to fail suddenly

trick

noun
\ ˈtrik How to pronounce trick (audio) \

Kids Definition of trick

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : an action intended to deceive or cheat
2 : a mischievous act : prank
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 : a quick or clever way of doing something I know a trick for remembering names.
5 : the cards played in one round of a game

trick

verb
tricked; tricking

Kids Definition of trick (Entry 2 of 3)

: to deceive with tricks

trick

adjective

Kids Definition of trick (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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