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verb [transitive]     smooth pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesmoothing
past tensesmoothed
past participlesmoothed
  1. 1
    to move your hand across the surface of something until it is flat and even
    smooth down/out:

    Frances sat smoothing her skirt down over her knees.

    smooth back:

    Seeing her, he quickly smoothed back his hair.

    1. a.
      to sand the surface of something to make it flat and even
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  2. 2
    to carefully spread a substance over a surface

    Anne gently smoothed cream into the baby’s skin.

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