WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
smile /smaɪl/USA pronunciation v., smiled, smil•ing,n. 

v. 
  • to put on a facial expression that involves an upturning of the corners of the mouth, usually indicating pleasure or amusement, but sometimes scorn: [no object]He smiled happily when he heard the news.[+ at + object]She smiled happily at him.[+ object]She smiled a happy smile at the news.
  • [+ on + object] to look at someone with favor:Luck smiled on us that night.
  • [+ object] to express by a smile:to smile approval.

  • n. [countable]
  • an act or instance of smiling; a smiling expression of the face:A broad smile crossed his face.
  • smil•ing•ly, adv.: She gestured smilingly to him.


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    smile /smaɪl/ n
    1. a facial expression characterized by an upturning of the corners of the mouth, usually showing amusement, friendliness, etc, but sometimes scorn, etc
    2. favour or blessing: the smile of fortune
    vb
    1. (intransitive) to wear or assume a smile
    2. (intransitive) followed by at: to look (at) with a kindly or amused expression
    3. to look derisively (at) instead of being annoyed
    4. to bear (troubles, etc) patiently
    5. (intr; followed by on or upon) to show approval; bestow a blessing
    6. (transitive) to express by means of a smile: she smiled a welcome
    7. (transitive) often followed by away: to drive away or change by smiling: smile away one's tears
    8. come up smilingto recover cheerfully from misfortune
    Etymology: 13th Century: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish smila, Danish smile; related to Middle High German smielen

    ˈsmiler n ˈsmiling adj ˈsmilingly adv



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