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verb     smarten pronunciation in American English
/ˈsmɑrt(ə)n/
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phrasal verb

smarten up

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  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
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