verb(smarten up or smarten someone/thing up)
- 1Make or become smarter in appearance: [with object]: he spent part of the proceeds on smartening up his flat [no object]: if there was water to spare I would smarten up and shaveMore example sentences
spruce up, make smarter, clean up, tidy up, make neater, make tidy, put in order; redecorate, refurbish, brighten up, modernize• informal do upNorth American • informal gussy upprink oneself, pretty oneself, beautify oneself• informal titivate oneself, doll oneself upBritish • informal tart oneself up• archaic plume oneself, trig oneself
- 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.