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smarten Syllabification: smart·en
Pronunciation: /ˈsmärtn/

Definition of smarten in English:


[with object]
1Make (something) smarter in appearance: he spent part of the proceeds on smartening up his office
More example sentences
  • 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

Words that rhyme with smarten

Akhenaten, Akhetaten, Aten, Barton, carton, Dumbarton, hearten, Parton, spartan, tartan
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