smile

Smile is the thing you do with your face when you are happy -– or want others to think you are. Your expression softens and your mouth turns up at the corners.

Smile, noun or verb, with its universal message and association with enjoyment and pleasure, is a very useful word. It can express joy or even say hello. Of course if you “smile through your sorrows,” you are either tying to make yourself feel better or fool other people into thinking you are happy. But in general, a smile is a good sign. And as the song goes “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.”

Definitions of smile
  1. noun
    a facial expression characterized by turning up the corners of the mouth; usually shows pleasure or amusement
    synonyms: grin, grinning, smiling
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    types:
    simper
    a silly self-conscious smile
    smirk
    a smile expressing smugness or scorn instead of pleasure
    type of:
    facial expression, facial gesture
    a gesture executed with the facial muscles
  2. verb
    change one's facial expression by spreading the lips, often to signal pleasure
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    dimple
    produce dimples while smiling
    grin
    to draw back the lips and reveal the teeth, in a smile, grimace, or snarl
    beam
    smile radiantly; express joy through one's facial expression
    simper, smirk
    smile affectedly or derisively
    sneer
    smile contemptuously
    fleer
    to smirk contemptuously
    type of:
    grimace, make a face, pull a face
    contort the face to indicate a certain mental or emotional state
  3. verb
    express with a smile
    “She smiled her thanks”
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    type of:
    evince, express, show
    give expression to
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