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From the verb smiet ‎(to laugh) (q.v.), of which it was originally the iterative form (cf. skriet ‎(to run), skraidīt ‎(to run around, several times)).[1]


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smaidīt intr., 3rd conj., pres. smaidu, smaidi, smaida, past smaidīju

  1. to smile (to produce a smile, a facial expression with the ends of one's mouth raised and the teeth shown, in order to express happiness, cheerfulness, kindness, satisfaction, or pleasure)
    sirsnīgi smaidīt — to smile sincerely, warmly
    mīļi smaidīt — to smile kindly
    smaidīt aiz laimes — to smile with happiness
    smaidīt draugam — to smile to a friend
    smaidīt caur asarām — to smile through tears (i.e., while crying)
    Imants smaida kā pilns mēness — Imants smiles like a full moon (= with a broad smile)
    Lūcija smaida savu silto un mīlīgo smaidu, kas dara viņas seju neparasti skaistu — Lūcija smiles her warm and kind smile, which made her face unusually beautiful
    cilvēki smaida aiz prieka, aiz lepnuma, aiz pašapziņas, par jocīgu gadījumu — people smile with joy, with pride, with self-confidence, or because of a funny situation
    paskaties, es jau esmu vecs, bet es arī smaidu — look, I am already old, but I also smile
  2. (of faces, eyes) to smile (to be associated in their expression with a smile)
    Annele ieplēta acis, cik vien jaudāja, un redzēja tēva smaidošo, gaišo seju — Annele widened her eyes, as much as she could, and saw (her) father's smiling, bright face


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  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “smaidīt”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN 9984-700-12-7