Smile meaning

smīl
Smile is an expression of happiness made by turning your mouth up at the corners.

An example of smile is the expression on your face when you are happy.

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A facial expression characterized by an upward curving of the corners of the mouth and indicating pleasure, amusement, or derision.
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To have or form a smile.
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To have or take on a facial expression showing usually pleasure, amusement, affection, friendliness, etc., or, sometimes, irony, derision, etc. and characterized by an upward curving of the corners of the mouth and a sparkling of the eyes.
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See SMIL and emoticon.
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To express with a smile.
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To change or affect by smiling.
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To look (at, on, or upon someone) with a pleasant expression of this kind.
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To regard with favor or approval.
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To have a favorable, pleasing, or agreeable appearance.
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The act of smiling.
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The facial expression made in smiling.
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A favorable, pleasing, or agreeable appearance.
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To smile is to make an expression of happiness on your face by turning up the corners of your mouth.

An example of smile is what you do when someone takes your picture.

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To express with a smile.

Grandmother smiled her consent.

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(intransitive) To have (a smile) on one's face.

When you smile, the whole world smiles with you. I don't know what he's smiling about. She smiles a beautiful smile.

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(intransitive) To express amusement, pleasure, or love and kindness.
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To express by smiling.

To smile consent, or a welcome.

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(intransitive) To look cheerful and joyous; to have an appearance suited to excite joy.

The sun smiled down from a clear summer sky.

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(intransitive) To be propitious or favourable; to countenance.

The gods smiled on his labours.

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A facial expression comprised by flexing the muscles of both ends of one's mouth while showing the front teeth, without vocalisation, and in humans is a common involuntary or voluntary expression of happiness, pleasure, amusement or anxiety.

She's got a perfect smile.

He has a sinister smile.

She had a smile on her face.

He always puts a smile on my face.

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all smiles
  • Smiling brightly and for a time, as from delight or happiness.
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smile away
  • To drive away or get rid of by a smile or smiling.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

smile away

Origin of smile

  • From Middle English smilen to smile probably of Scandinavian origin smei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English smilen (“to smile"), of North Germanic origin, from Danish smile (“to smile"), from Old Norse *smíla (“to smile"), from Proto-Germanic *smÄ«lijanÄ…, *smirōnÄ… (“to smile"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)meyhâ‚‚- (“to laugh, be glad, wonder"). Cognate with Swedish smila (“to smile"), Low German smielen (“to smile"), Dutch smuilen (“to smile"), Middle High German smielen (“to smile"), Old High German smierōn (“to smile"), Old English smerian (“to laugh at"), Old English smercian, smearcian (“to smile"), Latin miror (“to wonder at"). More at smirk.

    From Wiktionary