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verb     smarten pronunciation in American English
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present tense
present participlesmartening
past tensesmartened
past participlesmartened

phrasal verb

smarten up

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theysmarten up
he/she/itsmartens up
present participlesmartening up
past tensesmartened up
past participlesmartened up
  1. 1
    [intransitive] American informal to stop yourself from making bad decisions

    It’s time you smartened up.

  2. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] mainly British if you smarten up or smarten yourself up, you make yourself look neat and clean


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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