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: to have, produce, or exhibit a smile
: to look or regard with amusement or ridicule
smiled at his own folly—Martin Gardner
: to bestow approval
feeling that Heaven smiled on his labors—Sheila Rowlands
: to appear pleasant or agreeable
: to express by a smile
: 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
: a pleasant or encouraging appearance
Verb The photographer asked us to smile for the camera. She smiled when she saw him. Both parents smiled their approval. Noun He greeted me with a big smile.
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VerbYour only job is to smile graciously, knowing this show-stopping dessert wasn’t nearly as difficult as everyone assumes. —Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 20 Mar. 2023 That prompted Williams to smile and repeat the phrase while pumping a fist. —Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2023 Weeks later, just as students were beginning to smile and laugh again, Perry said, another of the school’s sophomores was shot and killed. —Darcy Costello, Baltimore Sun, 10 Mar. 2023 Jaquez could smile after making only four of 12 shots for nine points. —Los Angeles Times, 20 Jan. 2023 Fortune will smile down on all who gaze skyward in the months to come. —Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 18 Jan. 2023 According to his caretakers, Joey, who adores playing with other special needs pooches, makes everyone smile. —Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 4 Jan. 2023 Below, see the coolest and most unique gift ideas under $100 that'll make anyone smile. —John Thompson, Men's Health, 13 Dec. 2022 The milestone, caught on camera, still makes Wilson smile. —Nicole Yang, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Nov. 2022
NounIn a photo shared on her Instagram Story, the mom-to-be cuddles up to her father, resting her head on his shoulder and placing her hand on his chest with her eyes closed and a smile. —Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 20 Mar. 2023 The teacher was a good-natured man with a red, rumpled forehead, small friendly eyes, and a joyful smile. —Mary Gaitskill, The New Yorker, 20 Mar. 2023 The governor described his first legislative loss with a wide smile and optimism about the rest of his proposals. —Erin Cox, Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2023 Roll Tide, Sampson said to reporters on Friday with a smile and laugh. —Nubyjas Wilborn | , al, 17 Mar. 2023 The driver’s license photo displayed on large screens in a federal courtroom Wednesday looked like that of an average grandfather, with the requisite bad lighting, wispy hair, squinting eyes and slightly unprepared smile. —Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune, 15 Mar. 2023 After belting a triple deep to the right-center field gap, Oregon State infielder Dallas Macias glanced at the home dugout from third base, flashed a toothy smile and folded his arms in a nonchalant celebration. —Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 15 Mar. 2023 His father, Igor, the other co-founder and the chief engineer, chimes in with a twinkle in his eye and a proud smile. —Lina Zeldovich, Popular Science, 14 Mar. 2023 Ciara paired the look with elbow-length gloves and a cool-girl smile. —Women's Health, 13 Mar. 2023 See More
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