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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 smaidītto smile sincerely, warmly
    mīļi smaidītto smile kindly
    smaidīt aiz laimesto smile with happiness
    smaidīt draugamto smile to a friend
    smaidīt caur asarāmto smile through tears (i.e., while crying)
    Imants smaida kā pilns mēnessImants smiles like a full moon (= with a broad smile)
    Lūcija smaida savu silto un mīlīgo smaidu, kas dara viņas seju neparasti skaistuLūcija smiles her warm and kind smile, which made her face unusually beautiful
    cilvēki smaida aiz prieka, aiz lepnuma, aiz pašapziņas, par jocīgu gadījumupeople smile with joy, with pride, with self-confidence, or because of a funny situation
    paskaties, es jau esmu vecs, bet es arī smaidulook, 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 sejuAnnele 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