Listen: US UK UK-RP UK-Yorkshire Irish Scottish US Southern Jamaican /ˈsmaɪlɪŋ/
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017 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: 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.
[ 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. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017 smile
(smīl), USA pronunciation v., smiled, smil•ing, n. v.i.
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.
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.
smile ′less, adj.
smile ′less•ly, adv.
smile ′less•ness, n.
smil ′er, n.
smil ′ing•ly, adv.
1250–1300; Middle English smyllen (verb, verbal); cognate with Old High German smīlan, Danish smile
1, See corresponding entry in Unabridged 8. See See corresponding entry in Unabridged laugh.
1, See corresponding entry in Unabridged 8. frown. See corresponding entry in Unabridged
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
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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