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(nĭk′tĭ-tāt′) also nic·tate (nĭk′tāt′)
intr.v. nic·ti·tat·ed, nic·ti·tat·ing, nic·ti·tates also nic·tat·ed or nic·tat·ing or nic·tates
To wink.

[Medieval Latin nictitāre, nictitāt-, frequentative of Latin nictāre.]

nic′ti·ta′tion n.


(ˈnɪktɪˌteɪt) or


technical words for blink1
[C19: from Medieval Latin nictitāre to wink repeatedly, from Latin nictāre to wink, from nicere to beckon]
ˌnictiˈtation, nicˈtation n


(ˈnɪk tɪˌteɪt)

v.i. -tat•ed, -tat•ing.
to wink.
[1815–25; < Medieval Latin nictitātus, past participle of nictitāre, frequentative of Latin nictāre to wink, frequentative of nicere to beckon; see -ate1]
nic′ti•tant, adj.


Past participle: nictitated
Gerund: nictitating

I nictitate
you nictitate
he/she/it nictitates
we nictitate
you nictitate
they nictitate
I nictitated
you nictitated
he/she/it nictitated
we nictitated
you nictitated
they nictitated
Present Continuous
I am nictitating
you are nictitating
he/she/it is nictitating
we are nictitating
you are nictitating
they are nictitating
Present Perfect
I have nictitated
you have nictitated
he/she/it has nictitated
we have nictitated
you have nictitated
they have nictitated
Past Continuous
I was nictitating
you were nictitating
he/she/it was nictitating
we were nictitating
you were nictitating
they were nictitating
Past Perfect
I had nictitated
you had nictitated
he/she/it had nictitated
we had nictitated
you had nictitated
they had nictitated
I will nictitate
you will nictitate
he/she/it will nictitate
we will nictitate
you will nictitate
they will nictitate
Future Perfect
I will have nictitated
you will have nictitated
he/she/it will have nictitated
we will have nictitated
you will have nictitated
they will have nictitated
Future Continuous
I will be nictitating
you will be nictitating
he/she/it will be nictitating
we will be nictitating
you will be nictitating
they will be nictitating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been nictitating
you have been nictitating
he/she/it has been nictitating
we have been nictitating
you have been nictitating
they have been nictitating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been nictitating
you will have been nictitating
he/she/it will have been nictitating
we will have been nictitating
you will have been nictitating
they will have been nictitating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been nictitating
you had been nictitating
he/she/it had been nictitating
we had been nictitating
you had been nictitating
they had been nictitating
I would nictitate
you would nictitate
he/she/it would nictitate
we would nictitate
you would nictitate
they would nictitate
Past Conditional
I would have nictitated
you would have nictitated
he/she/it would have nictitated
we would have nictitated
you would have nictitated
they would have nictitated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.nictitate - briefly shut the eyesnictitate - briefly shut the eyes; "The TV announcer never seems to blink"
palpebrate - wink or blink, especially repeatedly
bat, flutter - wink briefly; "bat one's eyelids"
act involuntarily, act reflexively - act in an uncontrolled manner


To open and close the eyes rapidly:
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