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English definition of “tick”

tick

verb [I]  /tɪk/ us  

tick verb [I] (MAKE SOUND)

to make a quiet, short, regularly repeated sound like that made by a clock: That clock ticks too loudly.
ticking
noun [U]  /ˈtɪk·ɪŋ/ us  
the ticking of a clock

tick

noun [C]  /tɪk/ us  

tick noun [C] (ANIMAL)

any of several types of very small animals that suck the blood of other animals

tick noun [C] (SOUND)

a quiet, short, regularly repeated sound: I could hear the ticks of the passing seconds.
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