Smile

Definition of Smile

Pronunciation: smīl
v. i.1.To express amusement, pleasure, moderate joy, or love and kindness, by the features of the face; to laugh silently.
[imp. & p. p. Smiled (smīld); p. pr. & vb. n. Smiling.]
He doth nothing but frown. . . . He hears merry tales and smiles not.
- Shak.
She smiled to see the doughty hero slain.
- Pope.
When last I saw thy young blue eyes, they smiled.
- Byron.
2.To express slight contempt by a look implying sarcasm or pity; to sneer.
'T was what I said to Craggs and Child,
Who praised my modesty, and smiled.
- Pope.
3.To look gay and joyous; to have an appearance suited to excite joy; as, smiling spring; smiling plenty.
The desert smiled,
And paradise was opened in the wild.
- Pope.
4.To be propitious or favorable; to favor; to countenance; - often with on; as, to smile on one's labors.
v. t.1.To express by a smile; as, to smile consent; to smile a welcome to visitors.
2.To affect in a certain way with a smile.
And sharply smile prevailing folly dead.
- Young.
n.1.The act of smiling; a peculiar change or brightening of the face, which expresses pleasure, moderate joy, mirth, approbation, or kindness; - opposed to frown.
Sweet intercourse
Of looks and smiles: for smiles from reason flow.
- Milton.
2.A somewhat similar expression of countenance, indicative of satisfaction combined with malevolent feelings, as contempt, scorn, etc; as, a scornful smile.
3.Favor; countenance; propitiousness; as, the smiles of Providence.
4.Gay or joyous appearance; as, the smiles of spring.
The brightness of their [the flowers'] smile was gone.
- Bryant.

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