\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

The lights, meanwhile, blink softly over the 40-foot bar (one of the city’s longest) at one end, while the dining area invites visitors to charming round wooden tables and mid-century chairs. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Studying the Art of the Manhattan at Danny Meyer’s New Restaurant, Manhatta," 20 July 2018 The nervous temptation can be to seek out anyone who flings a glance your way and try and play a game of who blinks first. Alim Kheraj, GQ, "A Gay Guide to Picking Up the Hot Guy at the Bar," 18 June 2018 In the full footage from the event, he was seen fidgeting and blinking frequently, and putting his head down for brief moments at a time. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "People Think Prince William Was Falling Asleep at His First Event Post-Royal Baby," 25 Apr. 2018 After another efficient, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it minor league rehabilitation outing Thursday, Orioles closer Zach Britton could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Wednesday. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Orioles notes: Britton dominant again in rehab outing, could return Wednesday," 7 June 2018 Cecchinato temporarily blinked and a more aggressive Djokovic grabbed the third in 30 minutes. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Ailing Novak Djokovic upset by inspired Marco Cecchinato at French Open," 5 June 2018 Fellow Huntsville resident Jake Polatty has lent his electronics skills to the project, adding hundreds of lights that glow from the flight console, blink behind radar units, and click on and off with analog switches. Patrick Farrell, WIRED, "Meet the Star Wars Fans Building a Full-Scale Millennium Falcon," 4 May 2018 When a fellow human guest shows up, the Man in Black barely blinks when a host shoots him. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Westworld Season 2 Premiere Recap: The Path You Might Take," 23 Apr. 2018 Marwa stares up at her dad, blinking and smiling despite her breathing tube. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "This Miracle Baby Woke Up From Her Coma After Doctors Recommended Ending Her Life," 29 Nov. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While this last feature seems like a given, some laptops no longer include lock ports, forcing you to resort to Rube Goldberg devices to keep your laptop from getting swiped in the blink of an eye. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Dell XPS 13 vs. Dell XPS 15: Which should you buy?," 11 Sep. 2018 Even though the cub isn't in any immediate danger, the mama bear charges and dives into the water in the blink of an eye to rescue her baby. Diana Bruk, Woman's Day, "This Polar Bear Swiftly Saving Her Cub From Drowning Proves the Power of a Mother's Love," 23 Mar. 2016 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

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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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