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adjective \ˈsmärt\

Definition of smart

  1. 1 :  making one smart :  causing a sharp stinging

  2. 2 :  marked by often sharp forceful activity or vigorous strength <a smart pull of the starter cord>

  3. 3 :  brisk, spirited <a smart pace>

  4. 4a :  mentally alert :  brightb :  knowledgeablec :  shrewd <a smart investment>

  5. 5a :  witty, clever <a smart sitcom>b :  pert, saucy <don't get smart with me>

  6. 6a :  neat, trim <soldiers in smart uniforms>b :  stylish or elegant in dress or appearancec (1) :  appealing to sophisticated tastes (2) :  characteristic of or patronized by fashionable society

  7. 7a :  being a guided missile <a laser-guided smart bomb>b :  operating by automation <a smart machine tool>c :  intelligent 3

smartly

adverb

smartness

noun

Examples of smart in a sentence

  1. Poodles are said to be smart dogs.

  2. That was a smart investment.

  3. He gave her a smart answer.

Origin and Etymology of smart

Middle English smert causing pain, from Old English smeart; akin to Old English smeortan


First Known Use: before 12th century


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smart

intransitive verb

Definition of smart

  1. 1 :  to cause or be the cause or seat of a sharp stinging pain; also :  to feel or have such a pain

  2. 2a :  to feel or endure distress, remorse, or embarrassment <smarting from wounded vanity — W. L. Shirer>b :  to pay a heavy or stinging penalty <would have to smart for this foolishness>

Examples of smart in a sentence

  1. Her eyes were smarting from the smoke.

  2. <the injection only smarted for a moment>

Origin and Etymology of smart

Middle English smerten, from Old English smeortan; akin to Old High German smerzan to pain


First Known Use: 13th century


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smart

noun

Definition of smart

  1. 1 :  a smarting pain; especially :  a stinging local pain

  2. 2 :  poignant grief or remorse <was not the sort to get over smarts — Sir Winston Churchill>

  3. 3 plural slang :  intelligence, know-how

Examples of smart in a sentence

  1. <the toddler was whining over the smart from the cut>

  2. <she had the smarts to start college at age 16, but perhaps not the emotional maturity>

13th Century

First Known Use of smart

13th century


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smart

adverb

Definition of smart

  1. :  in a smart manner :  smartly

Examples of smart in a sentence

  1. He plays smart and the fans appreciate that.

  2. I dress smarter than she does.

  3. Play it smart during the contract negotiations and you'll get more vacation time.

13th Century

First Known Use of smart

13th century



SMART Defined for English Language Learners

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smart

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adjective \ˈsmärt\

Definition of smart for English Language Learners

  • : very good at learning or thinking about things

  • : showing intelligence or good judgment

  • : behaving or talking in a rude or impolite way : showing a lack of respect for someone


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smart

intransitive verb

Definition of smart for English Language Learners

  • : to feel a sudden sharp pain

  • : to be upset about something


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smart

adverb

Definition of smart for English Language Learners

  • : in a smart way


SMART Defined for Kids

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smart

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adjective \ˈsmärt\

Definition of smart for Students

smarter

smartest

  1. 1 :  quick to learn or do :  bright <smart students>

  2. 2 :  showing good judgment :  wise <a smart decision>

  3. 3 :  fresh 8 <“You tryin’ to be smart with me, boy?” — Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Shiloh>

  4. 4 :  stylish and fashionable <a smart dresser>

  5. 5 :  brisk 1, spirited <I was walking at a smart pace.>

  6. 6 :  controlled by computers and able to do things that seem intelligent <a smart machine>

smartly

adverb

smartness

noun

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smart

play
verb

Definition of smart for Students

smarted

smarting

  1. 1 :  to cause or feel a sharp stinging pain <My eyes were smarting from the smoke.>

  2. 2 :  to be upset <She's still smarting from the criticism.>


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smart

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noun

Definition of smart for Students

  1. :  a stinging pain usually in one spot


Medical Dictionary

smart

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intransitive verb \ˈsmärt\

Medical Definition of smart

  1. :  to cause or be the cause or seat of a sharp poignant pain <rapid fatigue with burning and smarting of the conjunctiva—H. G. Armstrong>; also :  to feel or have such a pain



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