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verb smile pronunciation in British English /smaɪl/
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present tense
present participlesmiling
past tensesmiled
past participlesmiled
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to raise the corners of your mouth when you are happy, pleased, or being friendly, or when you think something is funny

    Just thinking of you makes me smile.

    smile at:

    James looked up and smiled at Karen.

    smile to yourself:

    Dexter smiled to himself as he remembered the incident.

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    1. a.
      [transitive] to say or express something by smiling or when smiling

      ‘I’m really glad too,’ smiled Juliet.

      John paid the bill, smiled his thanks, and left.

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  2. 2
    [intransitive] to think that something is funny or pleasant
    smile at:

    Jenny smiled at the thought of the evening ahead.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] mainly literary if something such as luck or heaven smiles on you, you are successful, or you have good luck
    smile on:

    Let’s hope the gods smile on us and it’s sunny tomorrow.


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