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tick1

tick1

 
pronunciation:
tIk
parts of speech:
noun, verb
phrases:
what makes one tick
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the quiet, clicking sound of a watch or clock.
The tick of the clock kept me awake all night long.
definition 2: a small check or other mark made next to an item on a list.
I put a tick next to the words on my spelling list that I need to study.
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: ticked, ticking, ticks
definition 1: to make a sound like the tick of a clock.
If you're very quiet, you can hear my watch tick.
definition 2: to pass, as time.
The minutes ticked away as I waited for the bus.
definition 3: to check or mark (usually followed by "off").
I ticked off the words on my spelling list when I was sure that I knew them.
phrase: what makes one tick