There are 2 translations of tick in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /tɪk/


  • 1 c 1.1 (sound) tic (m) tick, tock tic, tac
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    • In a sport in which the times are measured in hundredths of a second, she beat Giove, who took second, by 20 ticks of the clock.
    • Three seconds, three ticks of the clock, and the transformation from smoke to human was complete.
    • By using the very basis of matter, we can define the second to be 9,192,631,770 ticks of the caesium clock.
    1.2 (moment) (BrE) [colloquial/familiar], segundito (m) wait a tick espera un segundito I'll be back in half a tick o in a tick o in two ticks enseguida vuelvo
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    • No, but, I mean, hang on a tick, it's how well a film can convince you of that.
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    • If you buy it on tick it'll be worn out before you've finished paying for it.
    • Living on tick, Adam sees nothing for it but to hop back aboard the carousel of fashionable metropolitan parties.
    • It's a sign of changed circumstances in the Valley that another growth area is the repossession of cars bought on tick, whose owners can no longer afford to keep up the repayments.
  • 2 c [Zool] garrapata (f)
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    • It takes 24 hours for a tick to transmit Lyme disease, so rapid removal is important.
    • Mites and ticks which feed on vertebrate hair or blood often carry disease organisms, such as spirochete bacteria, responsible for relapsing fever and Lyme disease.
    • More than a nuisance, fleas and ticks can transmit a host of pathogens and skin diseases to humans and their furry counterparts.
  • 4 u (credit) (BrE) [colloquial/familiar] to buy sth on tick comprar algo (de) fiado [familiar/colloquial]
  • 5 [Tex] 5.1 c (cover) funda (f) 5.2 u ticking 2
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    • He quickly reached the top and started throwing down ticks, pillows and blankets.
    • They reach for the money, which is very close to where Huck is standing, and move it to the straw tick under the feather bed.
    • ‘Yes sir,’ she whispered as Jeeka entered the house with the full straw ticks.

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There are 2 translations of tick in Spanish:



  • [clock/watch] hacer* tictac what makes sb tick I'd like to know what makes him tick me gustaría saber qué es lo que lo mueve or por qué es como es
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    • All that could be heard besides the patter of raindrops against the window was the sound of the clock ticking off the seconds.
    • The calendar is loaded, the meter is ticking and that damn clock has to be fast, doesn't it?
    • She suddenly took notice of what sounded like a clock ticking.


  • (BrE) [name/answer] marcar* (con un tic o una marca etc) tick the correct box ponga un visto en la casilla correspondiente, marque la casilla correspondiente to tick all the boxes, to tick all the right boxes rellenar todos los requisitos, cubrir todas las plazas
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    • By Sun standards this is subtle stuff but the message could not be more obvious: readers are being coaxed into ticking the box marked ‘bad outweighs good’.
    • Those stopped in the street and asked if they are ‘minded to make a big purchase’ will continue to tick the box marked ‘no’.
    • ‘Those who consider themselves British, but have Irish roots, can still tick the Irish box’.

Phrasal verbs

tick away

v + adv
tick by

tick by

v + adv
(pass) [hours/minutes] pasar the seconds ticked by pasaban los segundos

tick off

v + o + adv, v + adv + o
1.1 (AmE) [colloquial/familiar], (annoy) fastidiar what really ticks me off is that he lied to me a mí lo que me fastidia or lo que me da rabia es que me mintió to be ticked off with sb estar* enojado or (esp Esp) enfadado con algn to be ticked off with sth estar* harto de algo 1.2 (esp BrE) (mark with tick) marcar*, ponerle* visto a (Esp) 1.3 (BrE) [colloquial/familiar], (scold) regañar, reñir* (esp Esp) , retar (CS) , rezongar* (AmC, Ur) , resondrar (Per) he was severely ticked off recibió una severa reprimenda, le echaron una buena bronca [familiar/colloquial]

tick over

v + adv
[engine] estar* en marcha, marchar al ralentí the business is just ticking over (esp BrE) el negocio va tirando [familiar/colloquial] I keep things ticking over while they're away mantengo las cosas en marcha mientras ellos no están

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