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adjective smart pronunciation in American English /smɑrt/
Word Forms
  1. 1

    Sophie is a smart hard-working student.

    If you were smart, you’d buy now before prices go up.

    They’re smart enough to ask all the right questions.

    1. a.
      done with intelligence or careful thought

      Starting a pension scheme now would be a smart move.

      a smart question

  2. 2
    speaking or behaving in a clever or funny way that shows a lack of respect

    boys who are punished for being smart in class

    a smart answer/attitude

    get smart with someone:

    Don’t get smart with me!

  3. 5
    mainly British connected with rich fashionable people

    We spent a few hours on Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills’ smartest shopping district.

    the smart set (=fashionable people):

    a restaurant popular with the smart set

derived words


 smart pronunciation in American English adverb

a smartly dressed young man

Profits are rising smartly under new management.


noun [uncountable]


… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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