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Meaning of “tick” in the English Dictionary

"tick" in British English

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uk   us   /tɪk/
  • tick noun (MARK)

A2 [C] UK (US usually check) a ​mark (✓) that ​shows that something is ​correct or has been done: Put a tick by/against the ​names of the ​people who have ​accepted the ​invitation.

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  • tick noun (SHORT TIME)

[C] UK informal a very ​shorttime: Hold on/Hang on a tick - I'm not ​quiteready. I'll be with you in a tick/in two ticks.
  • tick noun (PAYING LATER)

on tick UK old-fashioned informal If you ​buy something on tick, you ​pay for it ​later.
  • tick noun (ANIMAL)

[C] a very ​smallcreature like a spider that ​lives on and ​sucks the ​blood of other ​animals


uk   us   /tɪk/
  • tick verb (MARK)

A1 [T] UK (US usually check) to ​mark something with a tick: Tick (off) each ​item on the ​list as you ​complete it.
(Definition of tick from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tick" in American English

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tickverb [I]

 us   /tɪk/
  • tick verb [I] (MAKE SOUND)

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

ticknoun [C]

 us   /tɪk/
  • tick noun [C] (ANIMAL)

any of several ​types of very ​smallanimals that ​suck the ​blood of other ​animals
  • tick noun [C] (SOUND)

a ​quiet, ​short, ​regularlyrepeatedsound: I could ​hear the ticks of the ​passingseconds.
(Definition of tick from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"tick" in Business English

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ticknoun [C]

uk   us   /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 ​smallestamount by which ​interestrates, ​shareprices, etc. can ​rise or ​fall: March gilt ​futuressettledlower by 19 ticks at 109.83.
FINANCE the ​movement of a ​value such as an ​interestrate or ​shareprice 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 ​privatesectorearnings.
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.

tickverb [T]

uk   us   /tɪk/ UK ( US check)
to put a ​symbol next to a ​statement, ​figure, etc. to show that it is ​correct, has been done or ​approved, or is the thing you choose: For ​information on ​funding tick ​box F10.
tick all/a lot of the boxes to have the ​rightqualities to be a good ​choice or ​solution: This ​rescuedeal ticks all the ​rightboxes.
(Definition of tick from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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