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Definition of tick verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tick
he / she / it ticks
past simple ticked
-ing form ticking
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  • (of a clock, etc.) to make short, light, regular repeated sounds to mark time passing In the silence we could hear the clock ticking. a ticking bomb tick away While we waited the taxi's meter kept ticking away.
  • Idioms
    what makes somebody tick
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    what makes someone behave in the way that they do I've never really understood what makes her tick.
    Phrasal Verbstick away/by/pasttick somethingawaytick somebodyoff
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: tick