WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016 smile /smaɪl/
USA pronunciation v., smiled, smil•ing, n.
to put on a facial expression that involves an upturning of the corners of the mouth, usually indicating pleasure or amusement, but sometimes scorn: He smiled happily when he heard the news. [no object ] She smiled happily at him. [~ + at + object ] She smiled a happy smile at the news. [~ + object ]
to look at someone with favor Luck smiled on us that night. [~ + on + object ]
to express by a smile to smile approval. [~ + object ] n.
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. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016 smile
(smīl), v., smiled, smil•ing, n.
to assume a facial expression indicating pleasure, favor, or amusement, but sometimes derision or scorn, characterized by an upturning of the corners of the mouth.
to regard with favor: Luck smiled on us that night.
to have a pleasant or agreeable appearance or aspect, as natural scenes, objects, etc.: The landscape smiled in the sunlight. v.t.
to assume or give (a smile, esp. of a given kind): She smiled a warm and friendly smile.
to express by a smile: to smile approval.
to bring, put, drive, etc., by or as by smiling: to smile one's tears away. smile at:
to regard with pleasure or amusement, as with a smile.
to regard with mild derision: to smile at someone's affectations. n.
the act or an instance of smiling; a smiling expression of the face.
favor or kindly regard: fortune's smile. a pleasant or agreeable appearance, look, or aspect.
Middle English smyllen (verb, verbal); cognate with Old High German smīlan, Danish smile
smile ′less, adj.
smile ′less•ly, adv.
smile ′less•ness, n.
smil ′er, n.
smil ′ing•ly, adv.
1, 8 . See laugh.
1, 8 . frown.
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smile / smaɪl/ n a facial expression characterized by an upturning of the corners of the mouth, usually showing amusement, friendliness, etc, but sometimes scorn, etc favour or blessing: the smile of fortune vb ( intransitive) to wear or assume a smile ( intransitive) followed by at: to look (at) with a kindly or amused expression to look derisively (at) instead of being annoyed to bear (troubles, etc) patiently ( intr; ) followed by on or upon to show approval; bestow a blessing ( transitive) to express by means of a smile: she smiled a welcome ( transitive) often followed by away: to drive away or change by smiling: smile away one's tears come up smiling ⇒ to recover cheerfully from misfortune Etymology: 13 th 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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