- 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. Word Origin Old English smōth, probably of Germanic origin, though no cognates are known. The verb dates from Middle English.Extra examples Her mother smoothed back Alice’s hair. She smoothed his hair gently. Use an iron to smooth out any creases. The receptionist is there to smooth the process of making appointments. We’re always looking for ways to smooth the flow of clients through the bureau. We’re trying to smooth the way for women who want to resume their careers.Idioms to make it easier for somebody/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. to make somebody feel less angry or offended Phrasal Verbssmooth out somethingsmooth somethingover
BrE BrE//smuːð//; NAmE NAmE//smuːð//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they smooth
BrE BrE//smuːð//; NAmE NAmE//smuːð//he / she / it smooths
BrE BrE//smuːðz//; NAmE NAmE//smuːðz//past simple smoothed
BrE BrE//smuːðd//; NAmE NAmE//smuːðd//past participle smoothed
BrE BrE//smuːðd//; NAmE NAmE//smuːðd//-ing form smoothing
BrE BrE//ˈsmuːðɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmuːðɪŋ//