trick

noun
\ ˈtrik \

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

Second-Chance Super Sabbatical Dominant breed: Tech entrepreneurs who’ve sold off their companies, Hollywood actors between projects, financiers looking to hit pause after daily sessions of Headspace didn’t do the trick. Marisa Meltzer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Latest Travel Trend? Super Sabbaticals," 24 Dec. 2018 These are all her tips and tricks to keeping your freezer tidy and clean. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Clean Your Freezer the Easy Way," 5 Dec. 2018 Follow their simple step-by-step recipe below, but first some tips and tricks to keep in mind: First, remove the extra bits from the turkey's cavity. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Perfectly Prepare and Roast a Turkey This Thanksgiving," 20 Nov. 2018 Thanks to Lindsey for sharing her tips and tricks—be sure to check out her book for even more financial and savings advice. Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Budget for Your Dream Vacation: Women Who Travel Podcast," 1 Oct. 2018 That’s a very tough budget, the combination of spending limits and economic growth will do the trick. Kate Davidson, WSJ, "Larry Kudlow Predicts Fed Could Rethink Rate Increases," 7 Dec. 2018 Or if that's not doing the trick, use Resolve Carpet Cleaner Moist Powder. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Unwanted Odors in Your House," 29 Nov. 2018 Anthropologie, for example, has a series of intricate ocean-themed Christmas tree ornaments that will do the trick a little more subtly. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Mermaid Stockings Are The Sparkly New Trend Taking Over Christmas This Year," 13 Nov. 2018 Whether you're inspired by Kylie Jenner's pout or just want to add a little volume to your lips, these DIY hacks will do the trick! Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "How To Make Your Lips Look Bigger — Naturally," 6 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On Tuesday night, someone vandalized a wall in Brooklyn, New York, chalking swastikas and racial slurs as children prepared to trick-or-treat in the neighborhood. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Moving On and Making a Difference in the Wake of the Tree of Life Shooting," 2 Nov. 2018 Yesterday—like every other American parent—the Swedish royal took her three children trick-or-treating. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Sweden's Princess Madeleine Took Her Kids Trick-or-Treating in Florida," 1 Nov. 2018 Seventy percent of parents leave their children all alone to trick-or-treat, according to the industry, while more than half of millennials say Halloween is their favorite holiday. Isaac Stanley-becker, The Seattle Times, "The Saturday Halloween Movement: A petition beseeches Trump to reschedule the spooky celebration," 26 Oct. 2018 Candy Contest Vote for which candy you're most likely to give out to trick-or-treaters on Halloween: Voting is closed. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Americans Are Divided—About Candy Corn," 26 Oct. 2018 Armed with those details, the caller has a much better chance of tricking the person into thinking the call is legitimate and, from there, ceding control of the computer or coughing up hundreds of dollars in fraudulent support costs. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Tech-support scammers know EVERYTHING about my computer, Dell customer says," 12 July 2018 Fortunately, Walter has both few scruples and an uncanny ability to lure, trick or cajole just about everyone in his orbit into doing his bidding. Julia M. Klein, Philly.com, "'His Girl Friday' at Hedgerow: Fast talk, fast pace," 2 July 2018 Chambers is accused of tricking a former campaign manager into taking the fall for the way the Greitens campaign obtained the donor list of The Mission Continues, a charity Greitens started in 2007. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "As one Greitens scandal goes to trial, here’s everything you need to know | The Kansas City Star," 11 May 2018 Store owners will provide candy to trick-or-treaters, each trick-or-treater will receive a free treat bag to collect candy (while supplies last), costume contest (winner will receive a $100 gift card to Westport Village) and entertainment. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Get your 'boo' on this week at these wickedly good Halloween events in Louisville," 24 Oct. 2017

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

: weak and tending to fail suddenly

trick

noun
\ ˈtrik \

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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