\ ˈbliŋk \
blinked; blinking; blinks

Definition of blink 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a obsolete : to look glancingly : peep

b : to look with half-shut eyes

c : to close and open the eyes involuntarily

2 : to shine dimly or intermittently

3a : to look with too little concern

b : to look with surprise or dismay

4 : yield, give in each side waiting for the other to blink

transitive verb

1a : to cause to blink

b : to remove (something, such as tears) from the eye by blinking

2 : to deny recognition to



Definition of blink (Entry 2 of 2)

1 chiefly Scotland : glimpse, glance

3 : a usually involuntary shutting and opening of the eye

4 : iceblink

in the blink of an eye

: in an instant

on the blink

: in or into a disabled or useless condition the TV is on the blink

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Synonyms & Antonyms for blink

Synonyms: Verb

bow, budge, capitulate, concede, give in, knuckle under, quit, relent, submit, succumb, surrender, yield

Antonyms: Verb


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Examples of blink in a Sentence


She blinked when the light flashed. Her eyes blinked when the light flashed. She blinked her eyes when the light flashed.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For digitally induced dry eyes, remember to blink, says Gupta. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "The Scary Way Blue Light From Your Phone Can Affect Your Eyes and Vision," 6 July 2018 The white plastic device with a blinking light at the end picks up signals from hidden devices. Isabel Coles And, WSJ, "Make-or-Break Exams Bring Out the Best and Brightest Cheaters," 5 July 2018 Donald Trump may be right, and maybe all those nations are going to blink at some point down the road. Fox News, "Ari Fleischer: Trump wanted a trade war, he's getting one," 3 July 2018 One of the cars allegedly failed to stop at a blinking light, according to the wire service. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Baby Survives After Pregnant Mother Is Killed in Crash, Dead Woman's Twin Also Critically Injured," 1 May 2018 Once plugged in, the key should show you a blinking light. Josie Colt, WIRED, "Simplify and Secure Your Online Logins With a YubiKey," 18 Apr. 2018 Even the strongest Boulder cyclists now run blinking taillights during daylight hours—a habit that was considered taboo only a few years ago. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "The Troubling Rise of the Ghost Bike," 9 July 2018 As the seven women and five men prepared to hand the verdict to the bailiff, Anthony, then 25, was breathing heavily and blinking back tears. Steve Helling,, "How Casey Anthony Was Acquitted: The Jurors Explain Their Controversial Verdict," 5 July 2018 No one blinked at my ringlets, not even my husband, who’s all too familiar with my straight-hair devotion. Patricia Reynoso, Glamour, "Embracing My Latina Roots Redefined What 'Pelo Bueno' Means to Me," 1 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Taking two strikes and fouling off another Edwards’ pitch, Taylor didn’t blink. Rich Torres, Indianapolis Star, "HS softball: Calm, confident freshman leads Noblesville to sectional title," 24 May 2018 But eventually there’s a pause, as quick as a blink, after the template is e-mailed to the printer and the staff waits for delivery. Hattie Bernstein,, "At the Senior Informer, a labor of love in every edition," 18 May 2018 The first starlight might have lit up the cosmos just 250 million years after the Big Bang—a blink of an eye in cosmic time. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The First Stars May Have Formed Just 250 Million Years After the Big Bang," 17 May 2018 In the blink of an eye, this is already my ninth year attending!, "After 9 Met Galas, Model Liu Wen Is Still Having A Ball," 8 May 2018 In a devastating blink, a collision with a semi-trailer caused 10 of those bright lights and five others to flicker for the final time. Bryce Miller,, "Connection to fatal Canadian bus crash rattles Gulls," 10 Apr. 2018 Mbappé again, splitting Belgium’s defense in two with a blink-of-the-eye pirouetting drag-back. Rory Smith, New York Times, "France, With Flash to Spare, Reaches the World Cup Final," 11 July 2018 The natural conclusion: Pokémon Go is just another fad that disappeared in a blink, a fameball of Pog proportions. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "The Quiet, Steady Dominance of Pokémon Go," 6 July 2018 This was one of those blink-and-you-miss it details, but Sheldon's outfit actually had several elements that honored his favorite superhero, The Flash. Jamie Ballard, Good Housekeeping, "9 Things You Totally Missed During "The Big Bang Theory" Finale," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of blink


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blink


Middle English, to open one's eyes

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English Language Learners Definition of blink

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to close and then open your eyes very quickly

: to shine with a light that goes on and off

: to show that you are surprised or upset



English Language Learners Definition of blink (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of closing and then opening your eyes very quickly : the act of blinking


\ ˈbliŋk \
blinked; blinking

Kids Definition of blink

1 : to shut and open the eyes quickly

2 : to shine with a light that goes or seems to go on and off lights blinking

\ ˈbliŋk \

Medical Definition of blink 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to close and open the eyes involuntarily (as when struggling against drowsiness or when dazzled)

transitive verb

1 : to close and open (the eye) involuntarily

2 : to remove (as tears) from the eye by blinking



Medical Definition of blink (Entry 2 of 2)

: a usually involuntary shutting and opening of the eye

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