One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Give (something) a flat, regular surface or appearance.‘skin can be effectively nourished, moisturized, and smoothened’
- 1.1 Modify (a graph, curve, etc.) so as to lessen irregularities.‘the economic data is adjusted for seasonal factors to smoothen out fluctuations’‘grey lines indicate smoothened averages’
- 1.1 Modify (a graph, curve, etc.) so as to lessen irregularities.
2Deal successfully with (a problem or difficulty)‘he used the opportunity to smoothen the frosty relations caused by the outcome of the election’
- 2.1 Free (a course of action) from difficulties or problems.‘analysts said these moves would help smoothen an eventual leadership succession’‘taking the above steps into consideration will be sure to smoothen out the process’
- 2.1 Free (a course of action) from difficulties or problems.
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