• IPA: /ˈsmaɪl/, /ˈsmaɪ.əl/

smile (plural smiles)

  1. A facial expression comprised by flexing the muscles of both ends of one's mouth, often showing the front teeth, without vocalisation, and in humans is a common involuntary or voluntary expression of happiness, pleasure, amusement or anxiety.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:smile
    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.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314 ↗, page 0105 ↗:
      Captain Edward Carlisle, soldier as he was, martinet as he was, felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, her alluring smile; he could not tell what this prisoner might do.
  2. (figurative) Favour; propitious regard.
    the smile of the gods
  3. (slang, dated) A drink bought by one person for another.
    Synonyms: treat
Translations Verb

smile (smiles, present participle smiling; past and past participle smiled)

  1. (ambitransitive) 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.
  2. (transitive) To express by smiling.
    to smile consent, or a welcome
  3. (intransitive) To express amusement, pleasure, or love and kindness.
    • When last I saw thy young blue eyes, they smiled.
  4. (intransitive) To look cheerful and joyous; to have an appearance suited to excite joy.
    The sun smiled down from a clear summer sky.
    • 1717, Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard:
      The desert smil'd, / And paradise was open'd in the wild.
  5. (intransitive) To be propitious or favourable; to countenance.
    The gods smiled on his labours.

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