smooth out

Definition of smooth out

1 :to make (something) smooth or flat
  • Help me smooth out the tablecloth.
  • After we dug up the soil, we smoothed it out before we planted the seeds.
2 :to make (something) easier by removing or dealing with problems
  • We will smooth out the election process by next year.
  • She tried to smooth things out with her daughter-in-law, but the damage was done.

Word by Word Definitions

smooth play
  1. : having a continuous even surface

  2. : being the representation of a function with a continuous first derivative

  3. : having or being a short even coat of hair — compare rough, wirehaired

  1. : to make smooth

  2. : to free from what is harsh or disagreeable : polish

  3. : soothe

  1. : a smooth part

  2. : the act of smoothing

  3. : a smoothing implement

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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