Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “tick”

See all translations

tick

noun [C]
 
 
/tɪk/
UK ( US check, check mark) a symbol that shows something is correct or has been done or approved: Put a tick in the column that applies to you.
( also tick point) FINANCE the smallest amount by which interest rates, share prices, etc. can rise or fall: March gilt futures settled lower by 19 ticks at 109.83.
FINANCE the movement of a value such as an interest rate or share price when it rises or falls: Analysts said companies can't be expected to calculate every tick in the market. There has been an encouraging upward tick in private sector earnings.
on tick UK informal if you buy something on tick, you agree to pay for it later: The contracts were bought on tick, with just 7% of the cost put up.
→  See also downtick , minus tick , plus tick , uptick
(Definition of tick noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of tick?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “tick” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

bad/hard/tough luck

said to express sympathy with someone when something bad has happened to them

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More