Share this entry

American English: /ˈsmɑrtn/
British English: /ˈsmɑːt(ə)n/

Translation of smarten in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • smarten up 1
    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.

Phrasal verbs

smarten up

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
he's made an effort to smarten himself up
ha hecho un esfuerzo por arreglarse or adecentarse or mejorar su aspecto
he'll have to smarten his ideas up
va a tener que (d)espabilarse
2verb + adverb
mejorar su ( or mi etc) aspecto

Definition of smarten in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources


    Next Score: