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smooth
British English: /smuːð/
American English: /smuð/

Translation of smooth in French:

adjective

  • 1 [literal] (even, without bumps)
    (stone, sea, surface, skin, hair, fabric)
    lisse
    (road)
    plan
    (curve, line, breathing)
    régulier/-ière
    (sauce, gravy, paste)
    homogène
    (crossing, flight)
    sans heurts, calme
    (movement)
    aisé
    (music, rhythm, playing)
    fluide
    the tyres are worn smooth
    les pneus sont (devenus) lisses
    to have a smooth landing
    atterrir en douceur
    bring the car to a smooth stop
    arrêtez la voiture en douceur
    the engine is very smooth
    le moteur tourne parfaitement rond
  • 2 [figurative] (problem-free)
    (journey, flight, life)
    paisible
    such a change is rarely smooth
    un tel changement se fait rarement en douceur
    the bill had a smooth passage through Parliament
    la loi a été adoptée sans difficultés par le Parlement

transitive verb

  • 1 [literal] (flatten out)
    lisser (clothes, paper, hair, surface)
    (get creases out) défroisser (fabric, paper)
    to smooth the creases from something
    défroisser quelque chose
    she smoothed her skirt over her hips
    elle a lissé sa jupe au niveau des hanches
    to smooth one's hair back
    se lisser les cheveux en arrière
    smooth the cream into your skin/over your face
    étalez la crème sur votre peau/visage
    this cream smooths rough skin
    cette crème adoucit les peaux desséchées
  • 2 [figurative] (make easier)
    faciliter (process, transition, path)
    talks to smooth the path towards peace
    des pourparlers pour faciliter la voie vers la paix

Idioms

to take the rough with the smooth

prendre les choses comme elles viennent

the course of true love never did run smooth

l'amour vrai n'a jamais été facile à vivre
silk baby ruffled

Phrasal verbs

smooth away

smooth away [something], smooth [something] away [literal] [figurative]
faire disparaître (wrinkles, creases, problems)

smooth down

smooth [something] down, smooth down [something] (gen)
lisser (clothes, hair, fabric)
polir (wood, rough surface)
(to get creases out) défroisser (clothes, fabric)

smooth out

smooth [something] out, smooth out [something] 1.1 [literal] (lay out)
étendre (map, paper, cloth)
(remove creases) défroisser (paper , cloth)
1.2 [figurative]
aplanir (difficulties)
faire disparaître (imperfections)
to smooth out the impact of something
diminuer l'impact de quelque chose

smooth over

smooth [something] over, smooth over [something] [figurative]
atténuer (differences, awkwardness)
aplanir (difficulties, problems)
tempérer (bad feelings)
améliorer (relationship)
to smooth things over
arranger les choses

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