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smile

smile

 
 
pronunciation:
smaIl
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: smiled, smiles, smiling
definition 1: to have a facial expression in which the corners of the mouth turn up and the eyes brighten, usu. to express pleasure, happiness, or amusement, but sometimes to express derision.
The child smiled brightly as she opened her present.She smiled at him from across the room, and he blushed.The team captain smiled at the new boy and asked mockingly if he'd bought his shoes second-hand.
 
similar words:
beam, grin, simper, smirk
definition 2: to look upon or treat someone or something favorably (often fol. by on or upon).
Her parents smiled upon her choice of husband.
antonyms:
frown
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to express by means of a smile.
He smiled his agreement.
synonyms:
grin
antonyms:
frown, scowl
similar words:
simper, smirk
definition 2: to change or influence through smiling.
Somehow, she smiled the child's fear away.
synonyms:
grin
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or an instance of smiling.
He greeted her with a big smile.
definition 2: positive regard; favor.
Through these works he is seeking the smile of God.
synonyms:
blessing, favor
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derivations: smiling (adj.), smilingly (adv.)
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