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Meaning of “trick” in the English Dictionary

"trick" in British English

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tricknoun [C]

uk   us   /trɪk/
  • trick noun [C] (ACT OF DECEIVING)

B1 an ​action that is ​intended to ​deceive, either as a way of ​cheating someone, or as a ​joke or ​form of ​entertainment: She played a really ​nasty trick on me - she put ​syrup in my ​shampoobottle! My ​niece was ​showing me all the tricks that she's ​learned to do with her new ​magic set. It's trick photography - she's ​supposed to ​look like she's ​walking on ​water.be a trick of the light to be an ​effectcaused by ​light, making something ​appear different: For a ​moment I ​thought you had a ​patch of ​greyhair, but it's just a trick of the ​light.trick or treat? what ​children say when they go trick-or-treating at ​Halloween

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  • trick noun [C] (METHOD)

B2 an ​effective or ​quick way of doing something: What's the trick to getting this ​chair to ​fold up? On ​page 21, some tricks to ​speed up ​yourbeautyroutine.

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trickverb [T]

uk   us   /trɪk/
B2 to ​deceive someone, often as a ​part of a ​plan: Dean tricked the ​oldlady into giving him eight hundred ​dollars.

trickadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /trɪk/
used to ​deceive someone, either as a ​joke or ​form of ​entertainment or so that they makes a ​mistake: a trick ​question
US A trick ​part of the ​body, ​especially a joint (= ​place where two ​bones are ​connected), sometimes ​feelsweaksuddenly and ​unexpectedly: I have a trick ​ankle that gives me ​problems if I ​run too much.
(Definition of trick from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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tricknoun [C]

 us   /trɪk/
  • trick noun [C] (ACT OF DECEIVING)

an ​actionintended to ​deceive, either as a way of ​cheating someone or as a ​joke or ​form of ​entertainment: He ​showed us some ​card tricks.trick or treat Trick or ​treat is what ​children say on ​Halloween, when they ​dress to ​lookfrightening or ​amusing and ​visit people’s ​homes to ​ask for ​candy: Are ​yourkids too ​old for trick or ​treating (= ​visiting people’s ​homes to ​ask for ​candy)?
  • trick noun [C] (METHOD)

a ​quick or ​effective way of doing something: What’s the trick to ​pulling out this ​sofabed?

trickadjective [not gradable]

 us   /trɪk/
(of a ​part of the ​body, esp. a ​joint) sometimes ​feelingweaksuddenly and unexpectedly: I’ve had a trick ​kneeever since I ​playedfootball.

trickverb [T]

 us   /trɪk/
  • trick verb [T] (DECEIVE)

to make someone ​believe something that is not ​true, or to ​persuade someone to do something ​based on a ​falseunderstanding of the ​facts: She tricked me into ​telling her what I was up to.
(Definition of trick from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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