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wink

 (wĭngk)
v. winked, wink·ing, winks
v.intr.
1. To close and open the eyelid of one eye deliberately, as to convey a message, signal, or suggestion.
2. To close and open the eyelids of both eyes; blink.
3. To shine fitfully; twinkle: Harbor lights were winking in the distance.
v.tr.
1. To close and open (an eye or the eyes) rapidly.
2. To signal or express by winking: winked his agreement.
n.
1.
a. The act of winking.
b. A signal or hint conveyed by winking.
2. The very brief time required for a wink; an instant.
3. A quick closing and opening of the eyelids; a blink.
4. A gleam or twinkle.
5. Informal A brief period of sleep.
Phrasal Verbs:
wink at
To pretend not to see: winked at corruption in the ministry.
wink out
To come to a close; end.

[Middle English winken, to close one's eyes, from Old English wincian.]

wink at

vb
(intr, preposition) to connive at; disregard: the authorities winked at corruption.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.wink at - give one's silent approval to
encourage, promote, further, boost, advance - contribute to the progress or growth of; "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom"

wink

verb
1. To open and close the eyes rapidly:
2. To shine with intermittent gleams:
3. To emit light suddenly in rays or sparks:
phrasal verb
wink atnoun
1. A brief closing of the eyes:
2. A very brief time:
Informal: jiff, jiffy.
Chiefly British: tick.
3. A sudden quick light:
References in classic literature ?
While Dorothy was looking earnestly into the queer, painted face of the Scarecrow, she was surprised to see one of the eyes slowly wink at her.
Thereupon the Beggar drew a little knife that hung at his side and, ripping up the lining of his coat, drew thence ten bright golden pounds, which he laid upon the ground beside him with a cunning wink at Robin.
TV'S Denise Van Outen was never short of a wink at the helm of Channel 4's Big Breakfast.