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"click" in British English

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clickverb

uk   /klɪk/  us   /klɪk/
  • click verb (OPERATE COMPUTER)

A2 [I or T] to ​carry out a ​computeroperation by ​pressing a ​button on the ​mouse or ​keyboard: If you ​want to ​open a ​file, click ​twice on the ​icon for it. When you have ​selected the ​file you ​want, click the "Open" ​box.

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  • click verb (MAKE SOUND)

C2 [I or T] to make a ​short, ​sharpsound, or to make something do this: The ​door clicked ​shut behind her. Can you ​hear that ​strange clicking ​noise?UK Paul clicked his fingers (= ​moved his ​thumb against his ​middlefinger to make a ​shortsharpsound) to ​attract the waiter's ​attention. Soldiers click ​their heels (= ​bring them ​sharply together) when they ​stand to ​attention.
  • click verb (BECOME FRIENDLY)

C2 [I] informal to ​becomefriendly or ​popular: Liz and I really clicked the first ​time we ​met. The new ​daytimesoapopera has ​yet to show ​signs that it's clicking with the ​televisionaudience.
  • click verb (BECOME CLEAR)

C2 [I] informal to be ​understood, or ​becomeclearsuddenly: Suddenly everything clicked and I ​realized where I'd ​met him. [+ question word] As he ​talked about his ​schooldays, itsuddenly clicked where I had ​met him before. [+ that] So it's ​finally clicked that you're going to have to get yourself a ​job, has it? In the last ​act of the ​play, everything clicks into ​place.
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clicknoun [C]

uk   /klɪk/  us   /klɪk/
(Definition of click from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"click" in American English

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clicknoun [C]

 us   /klɪk/
  • click noun [C] (SOUND)

a ​shortsound made when when one ​objecthits or is ​fastened to another: You’ll ​knowyourseatbelt is ​fastenedproperly when you ​hear a click.

clickverb

 us   /klɪk/
  • click verb (BECOME FRIENDLY)

[I] infml to ​becomefriendly or be ​successful: Liz and I really clicked, from the first ​time we ​met. The show never really clicked.
  • click verb (BECOME CLEAR)

[I] infml to be ​understood or ​becomeclearsuddenly: Something clicked, and I ​remembered where I’d ​seen her before.
  • click verb (MAKE SOUND)

[I/T] to make a ​shortsound when one ​objecthits or is ​fastened to another: [I] As the ​door clicked ​shut behind her, she ​realized she’d ​forgotten her ​key.
(Definition of click from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"click" in Business English

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clickverb

uk   us   /klɪk/
[I or T] IT to choose something on a ​computerscreen, or make the ​computer do something, by ​pressing a ​button on the mouse (= ​smallobject for ​controlling a ​computer): click on sth If you want to ​open a ​file, click on the filename. When you have ​selected the ​image you want, click 'View'.
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clicknoun [C]

uk   us   /klɪk/
IT the ​action of ​pressing a ​button on a ​computer mouse: On the web, ​cheaperprices are only one click away. In this ​technological age, ​trading can take ​place more ​cheaply and faster at the click of a ​mouse.
(Definition of click from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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