Definition of “trick” - English Dictionary

“trick” in British English

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tricknoun [ C ]

uk /trɪk/ 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 shampoo bottle!
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 effect caused by light, making something appear different:

For a moment I thought you had a patch of grey hair, 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 your beauty routine.

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trickverb [ T ]

uk /trɪk/ us /trɪk/

trickadjective [ before noun ]

uk /trɪk/ us /trɪk/

(Definition of “trick” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“trick” in American English

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tricknoun [ C ]

us /trɪk/

trick noun [ C ] (ACT OF DECEIVING)

an action intended 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 look frightening or amusing and visit people’s homes to ask for candy:

Are your kids 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 sofa bed?

trickadjective [ not gradable ]

us /trɪk/

trick adjective [ not gradable ] (WEAK)

(of a part of the body, esp. a joint) sometimes feeling weak suddenly and unexpectedly:

I’ve had a trick knee ever since I played football.

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 false understanding 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)