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Definition of "smarten" [smart•en]

  • To improve in appearance or stylishness; spruce up. (verb-transitive)
  • To make quicker: smarten the pace. (verb-transitive)
  • To make oneself smart or smarter. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "smarten" in a sentence
  • "But expect is the operative word and unless the labels smarten up, that definitely won`t be the case."
  • "Energy Secretary Steven Chu claims it will cost more than $100 billion to modernize and "smarten" the grid."
  • "The Philadelphia Quakers have collected $15,000, to "smarten" them up, but Veregin has declined to accept the money."