Definition of shrewd
Examples of shrewd in a Sentence
According to Frank Luntz, Republican pollster and spinmeister, these younger working women with small children are critical swing voters. By dint of focus groups and shrewd professional questioning, Luntz has determined what these women need most—more time in their lives. He seemed to regard this finding as a considerable coup. —Molly Ivins, Mother Jones, September/October 2004
When Ann Richards fractured her hand in a fall nine years ago, she went to the doctor for a bone density test only to learn that she had … an early form of osteoporosis. The diagnosis spurred the former Texas governor, whose mother and grandmother also suffered from the disease, to write I'm Not Slowing Down: Winning My Battle with Osteoporosis … an inspiring little volume filled with the author's shrewd insights into healthcare, gender and, yes, politics. —Julie Hale, Book Page, August 2003
One shrewd political tactician who knew what it was like to lose a close election watched Goldwater closely. Nixon had an eye on a comeback in 1968 and knew he needed the South—all of it this time. —Jon Meacham, Newsweek, 23 Dec. 2002
But a growing empire produces tough challenges. Winfrey is used to ironclad control. A shrewd businesswoman, she still signs all the checks of more than $1,000 for her Harpo Entertainment Group, and she meticulously scrutinizes the smaller ones that others sign for her. —Lynette Clemetson, Newsweek, 8 Jan. 2001
She's shrewd about her investments.
a shrewd used car dealer who knew how to make the best possible deal
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The quality and depth of their bullpen — acquired through shrewd deals and gobs of money — allows them to maximize Wood and keep him fresh.
With shrewd empathy and a fine ear for dialogue, Beattie sounds the grace notes, and the fall-from-grace notes, of her characters' lives.
But a takeover or merger would be a more assured outcome for shareholders than waiting to see what sort of complex agreement Charter and Comcast’s shrewd dealmakers work up.
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's decision to visit France on its national day next month at the invitation of new President Emmanuel Macron represents a shrewd political calculation by both leaders.
That’s why a historic reset will require a new set of investors—shrewd equity groups that see the opportunity in reshaping this trillion-dollar industry.
McConnell is a shrewd legislator who likely knows that extending the debate around health care is likely to hurt his party and dampen the chances of passing a tax-reform plan later in the year.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — With his lung-bursting runs, shrewd vision on the ball and versatility linking up play, Leon Goretzka’s reputation as Germany’s midfield dynamo is growing by the game.
Adams observes everything around him with a shrewd and unblinking eye, constantly varying his focus from the intense and interpersonal to the broader and more reportorial.
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Origin and Etymology of shrewd
Middle English shrewed, from shrewe + 1-ed
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of shrewd
SHREWD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of shrewd for English Language Learners
: having or showing an ability to understand things and to make good judgments : mentally sharp or clever
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Definition of shrewd for Students
: showing quick practical cleverness a shrewd businessman
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