Smile - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |smaɪl|  American pronunciation of the word smile
Brit.  |smʌɪl|  British pronunciation of the word smile


- a facial expression characterized by turning up the corners of the mouth; usually shows pleasure or amusement (syn: grin, grinning, smiling)


- change one's facial expression by spreading the lips, often to signal pleasure
- express with a smile


The photographer asked us to smile for the camera.

She smiled when she saw him.

Both parents smiled their approval.

He greeted me with a big smile.

He used to smile at his own troubles.

Fortune has smiled on him from his birth.

Susan smiled at him and waved.

She had to smile at his enthusiasm (=she was amused by it).

He was smiling broadly now.

I haven't had much to smile about lately.

Mark read the message and smiled to himself (=smiled or felt pleased).

'It's good to have you back,' she smiled.

The weather smiled on us: it was a fine day.

She smiled her thanks

She looked at him with a shy half smile.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: smile
he/she/it: smiles
present participle: smiling
past tense: smiled
past participle: smiled
singular: smile
plural: smiles
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