Definition of smarten in English:


Syllabification: smart·en
Pronunciation: /ˈsmärtn


[with object]
  • 1Make (something) smarter in appearance: he spent part of the proceeds on smartening up his office
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    • Grandeur in appearance now that it had been smartened up, I desperately tried to avoid it.
    • When Stefanidis moved in, the eastern boundary was ‘a rather sad wooden fence, so I put in a wall’, which smartens the place up and gives more privacy.
    • We are looking at smartening it up and putting in an external food serving area the pupils could use at break and lunchtime.
  • 1.1 [no object] (smarten up) Acquire more common sense; behave more wisely: if you don’t smarten up soon, you’ll find yourself out on the street
  • 1.2 [no object] (smarten up) Make one’s appearance smarter: I’d like to smarten up and shave

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