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smile

noun [C] uk   us   /smaɪl/
B1 a happy or friendly 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: Amy had a big/broad smile on her face. She has a nice smile. He winked and gave me a smile. It's nice to be able to bring a smile to people's faces (= make people smile).
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smile

verb uk   us   /smaɪl/
B1 [I or T] to make a happy or friendly expression in which the corners of your mouth curve up: He smiled and shook my hand. When he smiled at me I knew everything was all right. Esme's so cheerful - she's always smiling. I couldn't help smiling when I thought of how pleased she was going to be. He smiled politely as Mary apologized for her drunken friends. He smiled to himself as he thought about his new girlfriend. He smiled the smile of a man who knew victory was within reach. [T] to express or say something with a smile: He smiled his congratulations and left without another word. "Don't you worry about a thing. Everything's going to be just fine," smiled Robin reassuringly.
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Translations of “smile”
in Arabic يَبْتَسِم…
in Korean 웃다…
in Malaysian senyum…
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 Vietnamese mỉm cười…
in Spanish sonreír…
in Portuguese sorrir…
in Thai ยิ้ม…
in German lächeln…
in Catalan somriure…
in Japanese ほほ笑む, にっこりする…
in Indonesian tersenyum…
in Chinese (Simplified) 微笑,笑容…
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