- 1[intransitive] to make a smile appear on your face to smile sweetly/faintly/broadly, etc. He smiled with relief. He never seems to smile. He smiled to think how naive he used to be. smile at somebody/something She smiled at him and he smiled back. I had to smile at (= was amused by) his optimism. Her eyes smiled up at him.
- 2[transitive] to say or express something with a smile smile something She smiled her thanks. + speech “Perfect,” he smiled.
- 3[transitive, no passive] smile something to give a smile of a particular type to smile a small smile She smiled a smile of dry amusement. Idioms
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NAmE//smaɪl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they smile
he / she / it smiles
past simple smiled
-ing form smiling
to be smiling, etc. a lot because you are very pleased about something Phrasal Verbssmile on somebody/something
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