WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
smile /smaɪl/USA pronunciation   v., smiled, smil•ing, n. 

  1. 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.
  2. to look at someone with favor[+ on + object]Luck smiled on us that night.
  3. to express by a smile[+ object]to smile approval.

n. [countable]
  1. 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. 

  1. 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.
  2. to regard with favor:Luck smiled on us that night.
  3. to have a pleasant or agreeable appearance or aspect, as natural scenes, objects, etc.:The landscape smiled in the sunlight.

  1. to assume or give (a smile, esp. of a given kind):She smiled a warm and friendly smile.
  2. to express by a smile:to smile approval.
  3. to bring, put, drive, etc., by or as by smiling:to smile one's tears away.
  4. smile at: 
      • to regard with pleasure or amusement, as with a smile.
      • to regard with mild derision:to smile at someone's affectations.

  1. the act or an instance of smiling; a smiling expression of the face.
  2. favor or kindly regard:fortune's smile.
  3. a pleasant or agreeable appearance, look, or aspect.
Middle English smyllen (verb, verbal);
cognate with Old High German smīlan, Danish smile
smileless, adj. 
smileless•ly, adv. 
smileless•ness, n. 
smiler, n. 
smiling•ly, adv. 
1, 8 . See laugh.  1, 8 . frown.

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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
  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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