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English definition of “tick”

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)
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