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smile

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verb \ˈsmī(-ə)l\

Definition of smile

smiled

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smiling

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to have, produce, or exhibit a smile

  3. 2a :  to look or regard with amusement or ridicule smiled at his own folly — Martin Gardnerb :  to bestow approval feeling that Heaven smiled on his labors — Sheila Rowlandsc :  to appear pleasant or agreeable

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to affect with or by smiling

  6. 2 :  to express by a smile

smiler

noun

smilingly

play \ˈsmī-liŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of smile in a Sentence

  1. The photographer asked us to smile for the camera.

  2. She smiled when she saw him.

  3. Both parents smiled their approval.

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Origin and Etymology of smile

Middle English; akin to Old English smerian to laugh, Sanskrit smayate he smiles


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smile

noun

Definition of smile

  1. 1 :  a facial expression in which the eyes brighten and the corners of the mouth curve slightly upward and which expresses especially amusement, pleasure, approval, or sometimes scorn

  2. 2 :  a pleasant or encouraging appearance

smileless

play \ˈsmī(-ə)l-ləs\ adjective

Examples of smile in a Sentence

  1. He greeted me with a big smile.

Recent Examples of smile from the Web

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First Known Use of smile

15th century



SMILE Defined for English Language Learners

smile

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Definition of smile for English Language Learners

  • : to make a smile : to make the corners of your mouth turn up in an expression that shows happiness, amusement, pleasure, affection, etc.

  • : to show or express (something, such as approval, encouragement, etc.) by a smile

  • : to say (something) with a smile

smile

noun

Definition of smile for English Language Learners

  • : an expression on your face that makes the corners of your mouth turn up and that shows happiness, amusement, pleasure, affection, etc.


SMILE Defined for Kids

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smile

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verb \ˈsmīl\

Definition of smile for Students

smiled

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smiling

  1. 1 :  make the corners of the mouth turn up in an expression of amusement or pleasure

  2. 2 :  to look with amusement or pleasure She smiled at the picture.

  3. 3 :  to express by a smile Both parents smiled approval.


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smile

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noun

Definition of smile for Students

  1. :  an expression in which the corners of the mouth turn upward especially to show amusement or pleasure



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