smile Definition

a pleased, kind, or amused facial expression, typically with the corners of the mouth turned up and the front teeth exposed.

Using smile: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "smile" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She gave him a warm smile.

  • Example

    He smiled at the memory.

  • Example

    The child's smile lit up the room.

  • Example

    I couldn't help but smile at her joke.

smile Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for smile

Antonyms for smile

Phrases with smile

  • wipe the smile off someone's face

    to make someone stop feeling happy or proud


    The news wiped the smile off his face.

  • to manage to look serious even though something is funny or you want to laugh


    It was hard to keep a straight face when he told me the joke.

  • an expression used to encourage someone to stop frowning and start smiling


    Come on, turn that frown upside down and let's have some fun!


Summary: smile in Brief

A 'smile' [smaɪl] is a facial expression that conveys pleasure, kindness, or amusement. It is characterized by the upturned corners of the mouth and the exposure of the front teeth. Examples include 'She gave him a warm smile' and 'I couldn't help but smile at her joke.' Synonyms include 'grin,' 'beam,' 'smirk,' and 'simper.' Phrases like 'wipe the smile off someone's face' and 'keep a straight face' denote the opposite of smiling.

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