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English definition of “beam”


verb [I] (SMILE)    /biːm/
to smile with obvious pleasure : She beamed with delight / pleasure at his remarks . The child beamed at his teacher as he received the award . [+ speech] "I'm so pleased to see you," he beamed (= said as he smiled ).Laughing and smiling
(Definition of beam verb (SMILE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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