Smarten Smart"en, v. t. To make smart or spruce; -- usually with up. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

She had to go and smarten herself up somewhat. --W. Black. [1913 Webster]

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  • smarten — UK [ˈsmɑː(r)t(ə)n] / US [ˈsmɑrt(ə)n] verb Word forms smarten : present tense I/you/we/they smarten he/she/it smartens present participle smartening past tense smartened past participle smartened Phrasal verbs: smarten up …   English dictionary

  • smarten — verb (smarten up or smarten someone/thing up) make or become smarter …   English new terms dictionary

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