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smile

noun [C]  /smɑɪl/ us  
an expression on the face in which the ends of the mouth curve up slightly, often with the lips moving apart so that the teeth can be seen, expressing esp. happiness, pleasure, amusement, or a friendly feeling: a big/happy/pretty smile a smile of joy/satisfaction/amusement We exchanged smiles as we passed in the hallway.
smiley
adjective  /ˈsmɑɪ·li/ us  
infml He’s a very smiley, friendly baby.

smile

verb [I/T]  /smɑɪl/ us  
to make a happy or friendly expression in which the ends of the mouth curve up slightly: [I] I couldn’t help smiling. [I] When he smiled at me, I knew everything was OK. [I] She smiled to herself. [T] He smiled a happy smile.
Translations of “smile”
in Korean 웃다…
in Arabic يَبْتَسِم…
in French sourire…
in Turkish gülümsemek, tebessüm etmek…
in Italian sorridere…
in Chinese (Traditional) 微笑,笑容…
in Russian улыбаться…
in Polish uśmiechać się…
in Spanish sonreír…
in Portuguese sorrir…
in German lächeln…
in Catalan somriure…
in Japanese ほほ笑む, にっこりする…
in Chinese (Simplified) 微笑,笑容…
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