ticktick2 noun 1 [countable]SE British English a mark (✓) written next to an answer, something on a list etc, to show that it is correct or has been dealt with syn check American English Put a tick in the box if you agree with this statement. → cross22 [countable]HBI a very small animal like an insect that lives under the skin of other animals and sucks their blood3 [singular]SOUND the short repeated sound that a clock or watch makes every second4 [countable] British English spoken SHORT TIME a very short time syn moment I’ll be with you in a tick (=soon). It’ll only take two ticks.5 → on tick
Examples from the Corpustick• Most of the questions may be answered with a tick.• The car made cooling, metallic ticks sitting there, giving off heat as I passed it.• Did you find any more ticks on him you know this is tick season, Mom.• Do the pages of ticks mean that Fred is a genius or that the work was set at too low a standard?• No sound except the tick from the watch on Suzy's wrist.• Jeremy waited anxiously, listening to the ticking of the clock on the wall.• The tick of the Edwardian wall-clock bounced from wall to wall.Put ... tick• Paul puts a tick next to Keith's name.• Put a tick in the column that applies to you. 1.• Sometimes Paul puts a tick next to Keith's name, and then Keith remembers a meeting or changes his mind or something.• Every time he had a tantrum she put a tick in the appropriate square.