what makes (someone) tick

Definition of what makes (someone) tick


  1. :  the things that cause someone to behave a certain way :  the feelings, opinions, concerns, etc., that are parts of someone's personality I've always wondered what makes people like that tick.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. : used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of an object or matter

    : often used to ask for repetition of an utterance or part of an utterance not properly heard or understood

    :  who

  1. :  why

    :  in what respect :  how

  1. : used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of a person, object, or matter

    :  whatever

    :  any

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  1. :  behave, act

    :  to begin or seem to begin (an action)

    :  to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. :  the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

    :  brand

    :  the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  any of a superfamily (Ixodoidea) of bloodsucking acarid arachnids that are larger than the related mites, attach themselves to warm-blooded vertebrates to feed, and include important vectors of infectious diseases

    :  any of various usually wingless parasitic dipteran flies — compare sheep ked

  1. :  the fabric case of a mattress, pillow, or bolster

    :  a mattress consisting of a tick and its filling

    :  ticking

  1. :  a light rhythmic audible tap or beat

    :  a series of such ticks

    :  the time taken by the tick of a clock :  moment

  1. :  to make the sound of a tick or a series of ticks

    :  to operate as a functioning mechanism :  run

    :  to mark with a written tick :  check

  1. :  credit, trust

    :  a credit account

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a brief usually trivial fact

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