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verb     click pronunciation in British English
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present tense
present participleclicking
past tenseclicked
past participleclicked
  1. 1
    [intransitive]Sound effect to make a short sound like the sound when you press a switch
    click open/shut:

    He pressed a button and the doors clicked open.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to make an object make this short sound

      The policeman clicked the handcuffs round his wrists.

      click something on/off:

      She clicked off the bedside light.

    2. b.
      [transitive] if you click your tongue, you make a short sound with your tongue, usually to show that you are annoyed or do not approve of something
    3. c.
      [transitive] British if you click your fingers, you make a short sound by rubbing your middle finger against your thumb so that it hits the inside of your hand
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to make a computer do something by pressing a button on the mouse

    Clicksave’ and close the document.

    click on:

    To send the message, simply click on the ‘sendbutton.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] informal if something clicks, you suddenly understand or realize it
  4. 4
    [intransitive] informal if two people click, they realize immediately that they like each other and understand each other
  5. 5
    [intransitive] if something clicks in a performance, sports event etc, everything happens easily and in the best possible way
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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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