ADJ. bright, broad, wide | faint, thin, wan, weak | beatific, cheerful, dazzling, happy, radiant, sunny, warm the warm smile in his eyes | charming, gentle, sweet, winning | arch, disarming, enigmatic, mocking, rueful, sardonic, wry She gave a wry smile. | sad | shy | apologetic, sheepish | encouraging, indulgent, reassuring | polite | beguiling | ready | fixed, forced | supercilious | conspiratorial, knowing | grim a grim smile of satisfaction | humourless, mirthless She suppressed a mirthless smile. | crooked, lopsided | toothless
QUANT. glimmer, hint, trace A trace of a smile played across her lips.
VERB + SMILE have, wear She had a happy smile on her face. | flash (sb), give sb, smile He flashed her a disarming smile. She smiled a smile of dry amusement. | manage She managed a weak smile. | return She returned his smile. | hide, repress, suppress They had to hide their smiles. | forced Her father forced a smile. | bring Her antics brought a smile to my face. | crease into His face creased into a smile.
SMILE + VERB fade, freeze, vanish Her sunny smile vanished as she read the letter. | cross sth, flicker across sth, play across sth A faint smile flickered across her face. | tug at the corner of the mouth A wry smile tugged at the corner of his mouth. | grow, spread (across/over sth) Her smile grew radiant. A gentle smile spread over her face.
PREP. with a ~ ‘Oh, hello, ’ he said, with a smile. | ~ of a smile of approval
PHRASES be all smiles Twelve hours later she was all smiles again. | be wreathed in smiles His face was wreathed in smiles. | wipe the smile off sb's face I'm going to wipe that smile off your face (= make you stop thinking this is funny).
ADV. broadly, widely She put down her tools and smiled broadly. | faintly, slightly, thinly, wanly, weakly He looked at the mess and smiled weakly. | dazzlingly, happily, radiantly, warmly Lawrence nodded, smiling happily. | charmingly, gently, sweetly, winningly | benignly, kindly, politely | shyly | encouragingly, indulgently, reassuringly The doctor smiled reassuringly. | apologetically, sheepishly | ruefully, wryly Molly smiled rather wryly and said nothing. | archly, enigmatically | conspiratorially | sadly | grimly | humourlessly, mirthlessly | crookedly, lopsidedly | back He smiled at her, and she smiled back.
VERB + SMILE try to | manage to | make sb The memory still made her smile.
PREP. at He turned and smiled at me. | with She smiled with pleasure.
PHRASES smile from ear to ear, smile to yourself She smiled to herself, picturing how surprised her mother would be to see her.