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Date: 1200-1300
Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language

smile

1 verb
     
smile1 S3 W1
1 [intransitive] to make your mouth curve upwards, in order to be friendly or because you are happy or amused
smile at
Susan smiled at him and waved.
She had to smile at his enthusiasm (=she was amused by it).
He was smiling broadly now.
her smiling face
smile about
I haven't had much to smile about lately.
smile to yourself
Mark read the message and smiled to himself (=smiled or felt pleased).
! You smile at someone. Do not say 'smile to someone'.
2 [transitive] to say or express something with a smile:
'It's good to have you back,' she smiled.
3

fortune/the gods etc smile on somebody

especially literary if fortune, the gods etc smile on you, you have good luck

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