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Meaning of “smile” in the English Dictionary

"smile" in British English

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smilenoun [C]

uk   us   /smaɪl/
B1 a ​happy or ​friendlyexpression on the ​face in which the ​ends of the ​mouthcurve up ​slightly, often with the ​lipsmovingapart 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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smileverb

uk   us   /smaɪl/
B1 [I or T] to make a ​happy or ​friendlyexpression in which the ​corners of ​yourmouthcurve 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 ​drunkenfriends. He smiled to himself as he ​thought about his new ​girlfriend. He smiled the smile of a man who ​knewvictory 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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(Definition of smile from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"smile" in American English

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smilenoun [C]

 us   /smɑɪl/
an ​expression on the ​face in which the ​ends of the ​mouthcurve up ​slightly, often with the ​lipsmovingapart so that the ​teeth can be ​seen, ​expressing esp. ​happiness, ​pleasure, ​amusement, or a ​friendlyfeeling: a ​big/​happy/​pretty smile a smile of ​joy/​satisfaction/​amusement We ​exchanged smiles as we ​passed in the ​hallway.
smiley
adjective  us   /ˈsmɑɪ·li/
infml He’s a very smiley, ​friendlybaby.

smileverb [I/T]

 us   /smɑɪl/
to make a ​happy or ​friendlyexpression in which the ​ends of the ​mouthcurve 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.
(Definition of smile from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “smile”
in Korean 웃다…
in Arabic يَبْتَسِم…
in Malaysian senyum…
in French sourire…
in Russian улыбаться…
in Chinese (Traditional) 微笑,笑容…
in Italian sorridere…
in Turkish gülümsemek, tebessüm etmek…
in Polish uśmiechać się…
in Spanish sonreír…
in Vietnamese mỉm cười…
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 Chinese (Simplified) 微笑,笑容…
in Indonesian tersenyum…
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