smile at


verb (used without object), smiled, smiling.
to assume a facial expression indicating pleasure, favor, or amusement, but sometimes derision or scorn, characterized by an upturning of the corners of the mouth.
to regard with favor: Luck smiled on us that night.
to have a pleasant or agreeable appearance or aspect, as natural scenes, objects, etc.: The landscape smiled in the sunlight.
verb (used with object), smiled, smiling.
to assume or give (a smile, especially of a given kind): She smiled a warm and friendly smile.
to express by a smile: to smile approval.
to bring, put, drive, etc., by or as by smiling: to smile one's tears away.
the act or an instance of smiling; a smiling expression of the face.
favor or kindly regard: fortune's smile.
a pleasant or agreeable appearance, look, or aspect.
Verb phrases
smile at,
to regard with pleasure or amusement, as with a smile.
to regard with mild derision: to smile at someone's affectations.

1250–1300; Middle English smyllen (v.); cognate with Old High German smīlan, Danish smile

smileless, adjective
smilelessly, adverb
smilelessness, noun
smiler, noun
smilingly, adverb
half-smiling, adjective
half-smilingly, adverb
outsmile, verb (used with object), outsmiled, outsmiling.
subsmile, noun
unsmiling, adjective
unsmilingly, adverb

1, 7. See laugh.

1, 7. frown. Unabridged
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smile (smaɪl)
1.  a facial expression characterized by an upturning of the corners of the mouth, usually showing amusement, friendliness, etc, but sometimes scorn, etc
2.  favour or blessing: the smile of fortune
3.  an agreeable appearance
vb (foll by at) (often foll by away)
4.  (intr) to wear or assume a smile
5.  a.  to look (at) with a kindly or amused expression
 b.  to look derisively (at) instead of being annoyed
 c.  to bear (troubles, etc) patiently
6.  (intr; foll by on or upon) to show approval; bestow a blessing
7.  (tr) to express by means of a smile: she smiled a welcome
8.  to drive away or change by smiling: smile away one's tears
9.  come up smiling to recover cheerfully from misfortune
[C13: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish smila, Danish smile; related to Middle High German smielen]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, perhaps from M.L.G. *smilen or a Scand. source (e.g. Dan. smile, Swed. smila "smile"), from PIE base *smei- (cf. O.E. smerian "to laugh at," O.H.G. smieron "to smile," L. mirus "wonderful"). Gradually pushed the usual O.E. word, smearcian (modern smirk), into a specific, unpleasant sense. The
noun is from 1562. Romance, Celtic, and Slavic languages tend to use a dim. of the word for "laugh" to mean "smile" (cf. L. ridere "laugh;" subridere "smile"), with perhaps a literal notion of "small laugh," or "low laugh."
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