1a piece of paper or card that gives the holder a certain right, especially to enter a place, travel by public transport, or participate in an event:admission is by ticket only
a receipt for goods that have been received.
a piece of paper or card bought as a way of entering a lottery or raffle:the two winning tickets, bought within days of each other, went unclaimed
(in information technology) a request logged on a work tracking system detailing an issue that needs to be addressed or task that must be performed:if you have opened a ticket and it’s not yet been resolved, then there is no need for you to open a new onethey closed the ticket without doing anything
(ticket to/out of) a method of getting into or out of (a specified state or situation):drugs are seen as the only ticket out of povertycompanies that appeared to have a one-way ticket to profitability
2a certificate or warrant, in particular:
an official notice of a traffic offence:the officer issued Rhodes a speeding ticket
a certificate of qualification as a ship’s master, pilot, or other crew member.
British a certificate of discharge from the army.
3a label attached to a retail product, giving its price, size, and other details.
4 [in singular] chiefly North American a list of candidates put forward by a party in an election:his presence on the Republican ticket
a set of principles or policies supported by a party in an election:he stood for office on a strong right-wing, no-nonsense ticket
5 (the ticket) informal the desirable or correct thing:a wet spring would be just the ticket for the garden
6 [with adjective]Scottish & US informal a person of a specified kind:I think you’re all a bunch of sick tickets
1issue (someone) with an official notice of a traffic offence:park illegally and you are likely to be ticketed
2 (be ticketed) (of a passenger) be issued with a travel ticket:passengers can now get electronically ticketed (as adjective ticketed)ticketed passengers
North American be destined for a specified state or position:they were sure that Downing was ticketed for greatness
3 (be ticketed) (of a retail product) be marked with a label giving its price, size, and other details:the sports jacket had been ticketed at two hundred dollars (as adjective ticketed)the ticketed price
South African informal be the end:if that man talks to the police, it’s tickets for him
have tickets on oneself
Australian/NZ informal be excessively proud of oneself:she dressed me up fit to kill and I must confess I had a few tickets on myself as I walked
punch one's ticket
US informal deliberately undertake particular assignments that are likely to lead to promotion at work:Giles had punched his ticket at all the right stops within the journal
(in sport) ensure one’s progress to a further contest or tournament:in scoring 13 points, they punched their ticket to the Super Bowl in Jacksonville
write one's (own) ticket
North American informal dictate one’s own terms:a woman with a PhD in engineering could write her own ticket at any Canadian school