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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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