Definition of tick verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    tick

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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.
  3. Word Originverb Middle English (as a verb in the sense ‘pat, touch’): probably of Germanic origin and related to Dutch tik (noun), tikken (verb) ‘pat, touch’. The noun was recorded in late Middle English as ‘a light tap’; current senses date from the late 17th cent.Extra examples Morrison had kept things ticking over in my absence. She mentally ticked off the names of the people she had already spoken to. The business is ticking over nicely at the moment. The clock ticked relentlessly away on the mantelpiece. To take advantage of this extra bonus offer, simply tick the box on your order form. I’ve ticked off the names of the people who have paid.Idioms
    tick all the/somebody’s boxes
     
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    (British English, informal) to do exactly the right things to please somebody This is a movie that ticks all the boxes.
    what makes somebody tick
     
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    what makes somebody behave in the way that they do I've never really understood what makes her tick.
    Phrasal Verbstick somethingawaytick bytick somebodyofftick somebody offtick over
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