- 1to make something smooth smooth something (back/down/out) He smoothed his hair back. She was smoothing out the creases in her skirt. smooth something + adj. He took the letter and smoothed it flat on the table.
- 2smooth something on/into/over something to put a layer of a soft substance over a surface Smooth the icing over the top of the cake. Idioms
NAmE//smuð//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they smooth
he / she / it smooths
past simple smoothed
-ing form smoothing
to make it easier for someone or something to develop or make progress These negotiations are intended to smooth the path to a peace treaty. We're trying to smooth the way for women who want to resume their careers.
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to make someone feel less angry or offended Phrasal Verbssmooth somethingaway/outsmooth somethingover
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