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v. winked, wink·ing, winks
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.
1. To close and open (an eye or the eyes) rapidly.
2. To signal or express by winking: winked his agreement.
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.
To pretend not to see: winked at corruption in the ministry.
To come to a close; end.
[Middle English winken, to close one's eyes, from Old English wincian.]
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(intr, preposition) to connive at; disregard: the authorities winked at corruption.
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2. A very brief time:
Chiefly British: tick.
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