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smarten Line breaks: smart¦en
Pronunciation: /ˈsmɑːt(ə)n/

Definition of smarten in English:

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 shave
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.
Synonyms
spruce up, make smarter, clean up, tidy up, make neater, make tidy, put in order;
informaldo up
British informaltart up, posh up
North American informalgussy up
groom oneself, spruce oneself up, freshen oneself up, preen oneself, primp oneself, prink oneself, pretty oneself, beautify oneself
informaltitivate oneself, doll oneself up
British informaltart oneself up
archaicplume oneself, trig oneself
2 [no object] Behave more wisely: if you don’t smarten up soon, you’ll find yourself out on the street

Words that rhyme with smarten

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

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