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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.]
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wink at

vb
(intr, preposition) to connive at; disregard: the authorities winked at corruption.
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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"
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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:
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References in classic literature ?
I did not wink at you." She then sat still five minutes longer; but unable to waste such a precious occasion, she suddenly got up, and saying to Kitty, "Come here, my love, I want to speak to you," took her out of the room.
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.
"Some spectators said they saw her wink at Andrew beneath the veil as she vowed to 'obey' her husband," the publication noted.