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tick1

 
 
pronunciation:
tIk
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb
phrases:
what makes one tick
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a recurrent small sharp clicking sound, esp. that of a clock or timing mechanism.
definition 2: a small check or other mark made next to an item on a list or the like, as to call attention to such item or indicate that it has been disposed of or accounted for.
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: ticks, ticking, ticked
definition 1: to make a sound like the tick of a clock.
definition 2: to pass, as time.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to signal the passing of (time), as a clock.
The clock ticked three minutes.
definition 2: to record the mounting of (a fee or fare), as a meter.
definition 3: to check or mark (items on a list) (sometimes fol. by "off").
She ticked only a few of the boxes on the medical form.
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phrase: what makes one tick