smile: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (smīl), [key]
— v., n. smiled, smil•ing,
  1. to assume a facial expression indicating pleasure, favor, or amusement, but sometimes derision or scorn, characterized by an upturning of the corners of the mouth.
  2. to regard with favor: Luck smiled on us that night.
  3. to have a pleasant or agreeable appearance or aspect, as natural scenes, objects, etc.: The landscape smiled in the sunlight.
  1. to assume or give (a smile, esp. of a given kind): She smiled a warm and friendly smile.
  2. to express by a smile: to smile approval.
  3. to bring, put, drive, etc., by or as by smiling: to smile one's tears away.
  4. to smile at someone's affectations.
    1. to regard with pleasure or amusement, as with a smile.
    2. to regard with mild derision:to smile at someone's affectations.
  1. the act or an instance of smiling; a smiling expression of the face.
  2. favor or kindly regard: fortune's smile.
  3. a pleasant or agreeable appearance, look, or aspect.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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