- 1[intransitive] (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.
- 2[transitive] (British English) (North American English check) tick something to put a mark (✓) next to an item on a list, an answer, etc. Please tick the appropriate box. Tick ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to each question. I've ticked the names of the people who have paid. Word Originverb Middle English (as a verb in the sense
BrE BrE//tɪk//; NAmE NAmE//tɪk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tick
BrE BrE//tɪk//; NAmE NAmE//tɪk//he / she / it ticks
BrE BrE//tɪks//; NAmE NAmE//tɪks//past simple ticked
BrE BrE//tɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//tɪkt//past participle ticked
BrE BrE//tɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//tɪkt//-ing form ticking
BrE BrE//ˈtɪkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪkɪŋ//