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verb     tart pronunciation in British English

phrasal verb

tart up

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theytart up
he/she/ittarts up
present participletarting up
past tensetarted up
past participletarted up
British informal
  1. 1
    to decorate something in order to improve the way that it looks, especially in a way that other people think is ugly
    1. a.
      to try to hide the fact that something is bad by showing or describing it in a positive way
  2. 2
    if a woman tarts herself up, she tries to make herself look more attractive, for example by wearing nice clothes. This expression is often used for showing that you think a woman has made herself look less attractive.


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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