smile / smīl/ • v. [intr.] form one's features into a pleased, kind, or amused expression, typically with the corners of the mouth turned up and the front teeth exposed: she was smiling he smiled at Shelley| [as adj.] (smiling) smiling faces. ∎ [tr.] express (a feeling) with such an expression: he smiled his admiration of the great stone circle. ∎ [tr.] give (a smile) of a specified kind: Guy smiled a grim smile. ∎ (smile at/on/upon) regard favorably or indulgently: at first fortune smiled on him. ∎ [often as adj.] (smiling) poetic/lit. (esp. of a landscape) have a bright or pleasing aspect: smiling groves and terraces.• n. a pleased, kind, or amused facial expression, typically with the corners of the mouth turned up and the front teeth exposed: he flashed his most winning smile she greeted us all with a smile.PHRASES: be all smiles inf. (of a person) look very cheerful and pleased, esp. in contrast to a previous mood.come up smiling inf. recover from adversity and cheerfully face what is to come.DERIVATIVES: smil·er n.smil·ing·ly adv.