Definition of “click” - English Dictionary

“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 computer operation 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, sharp sound, 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 middle finger to make a short sharp sound) 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 become friendly or popular:

Liz and I really clicked the first time we met.
The new daytime soap opera has yet to show signs that it's clicking with the television audience.

click verb (BECOME CLEAR)

C2 [ I ] informal to be understood, or become clear suddenly:

Suddenly everything clicked and I realized where I'd met him.
[ + question word ] As he talked about his schooldays, it suddenly 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 short sound made when when one object hits or is fastened to another:

You’ll know your seat belt is fastened properly when you hear a click.

clickverb

us /klɪk/

click verb (BECOME FRIENDLY)

[ I ] infml to become friendly 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 become clear suddenly:

Something clicked, and I remembered where I’d seen her before.

click verb (MAKE SOUND)

[ I/T ] to make a short sound when one object hits 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 /klɪk/ us

[ I or T ] IT to choose something on a computer screen, or make the computer do something, by pressing a button on the mouse (= small object 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 /klɪk/ us

IT the action of pressing a button on a computer mouse:

On the web, cheaper prices 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)