- IPA: /ˈsmaɪl/, /ˈsmaɪ.əl/
smile (plural smiles)
- 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.
- (figurative) Favour; propitious regard.
- the smile of the gods
- (slang, dated) A drink bought by one person for another.
- Synonyms: treat
smile (smiles, present participle smiling; past and past participle smiled)
- (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.
- (transitive) To express by smiling.
- to smile consent, or a welcome
- (intransitive) To express amusement, pleasure, or love and kindness.
- When last I saw thy young blue eyes, they smiled.
- (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.
- (intransitive) To be propitious or favourable; to countenance.
- The gods smiled on his labours.
- French: sourire
- German: lächeln
- Italian: sorridere
- Portuguese: sorrir
- Russian: улыба́ться
- Spanish: sonreír