- 1 [intransitive, transitive] to make or cause something to make a short sharp sound (+ adv./prep.) The cameras clicked away. The bolt clicked into place. + adj. The door clicked shut. click something He clicked his fingers at the waiter. Polly clicked her tongue in annoyance. The corporal clicked his heels. The police officer clicked a pair of handcuffs around his wrists. More Like This Onomatopoeic words beep, bleep, boohoo, brrr, buzz, click, clip-clop, ding-dong, hiss, mwah, peep, ping, plop, pop, rat-tat, splat, splosh, squeak, squeal, squelch, swish, tee-hee, thud, thwack, tick-tock, toot, vroom, wham, whoosh, zoomSee worksheet.
- 2 [transitive, intransitive] to choose a particular function or item on a computer screen, etc., by pressing one of the buttons on a mouse or touchpad click something Click the OK button to start. click (on something) I clicked on the link to the next page of the website. To run a window, just double-click on the icon. Click here to add your opinion to the survey. see also double-click Wordfinderbackspace, click, control, cursor, escape, keyboard, return, shift, slash, space bar See related entries: Using a computer
- 3[intransitive] (informal) to suddenly become clear or understood Suddenly it clicked—we'd been talking about different people. It all clicked into place. Pieces of the puzzle suddenly clicked together.
- 4[intransitive] (informal) to become friends with somebody at once; to become popular with somebody We met at a party and clicked immediately. click with somebody He's never really clicked with his students.
- 5[intransitive] (informal) to work well together The team don't seem to have clicked yet. We have clicked well together recently. Word Origin late 16th cent. (as a verb): imitative. Phrasal Verbsclick through (to something)
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BrE BrE//klɪk//; NAmE NAmE//klɪk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they click
BrE BrE//klɪk//; NAmE NAmE//klɪk//he / she / it clicks
BrE BrE//klɪks//; NAmE NAmE//klɪks//past simple clicked
BrE BrE//klɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//klɪkt//past participle clicked
BrE BrE//klɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//klɪkt//-ing form clicking
BrE BrE//ˈklɪkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈklɪkɪŋ//Using a computer