WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
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: [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.
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.
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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
Etymology: 13th Century: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish smila, Danish smile; related to Middle High German smielenˈsmiler n ˈsmiling adj ˈsmilingly adv
- (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
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