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winkverb [I]

uk   /wɪŋk/  us   /wɪŋk/
C2 to ​close one ​eye for a ​shorttime as a way of ​greeting someone or ​showingfriendliness, ​sexualinterest, etc., or of ​showing that you are not ​serious about something you have said: Laura winked at me as Stephen ​turned his back. For a second I ​thought he was being ​serious, but then he winked at me.
When ​lights wink, they ​keepflashing on and off ​quickly: Reflected in the ​water, the ​lights winked at us from the other ​side of the ​lake. The ​light was winking on the ​answeringmachine.
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winknoun [C]

uk   /wɪŋk/  us   /wɪŋk/
the ​action of winking at someone: He gave me a ​conspiratorial wink as they ​left the ​room.
(Definition of wink from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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winkverb [I]

 us   /wɪŋk/
to ​close one ​eyebriefly as a way of ​greeting someone or of ​showing that you are not ​serious about something you have said: He winked when he said it.
wink
noun [C]  us   /wɪŋk/
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(Definition of wink from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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