smart

adjective
\ ˈsmärt How to pronounce smart (audio) \
smarter; smartest

Definition of smart

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : having or showing a high degree of mental ability : intelligent, bright a smart young student a smart decision/investment/idea That wasn't a very smart thing to do. The pursuit of genius or at least being the smartest person in the room continues to tantalize humans.— Lydia Dishman
2a : witty, clever a smart comedy/sitcom
b informal : rude or impolite in a bold and disrespectful way Don't get smart with me.
3a : neat entry 1, trim entry 2 soldiers in smart uniforms
b : stylish or elegant in dress or appearance For this fall, the smartest skirts will feature hemlines that are either quite long or quite short …The New York Times Magazine a member of the smart set
c : appealing to sophisticated tastes : characteristic of or patronized by fashionable society We dined late at the Oasis, possibly the smartest restaurant in town …— Geri Trotta
4a of a weapon : able to be altered in course during flight : being a guided missile a laser-guided smart bomb
b : operating by automation a smart machine tool
c : using a built-in microprocessor for automatic operation, for processing of data, or for achieving greater versatility a smart card By now we're familiar with smart electricity grids, those IT-enhanced networks that generate and distribute power locally …— Robert Visscher
5 : marked by often sharp, forceful activity or vigorous strength a smart pull of the starter cord
6 : brisk entry 1, spirited walking at a smart pace
7 : causing a sharp stinging … their softest touch as smart as lizard's stings …— Shakespeare

smart

verb
smarted; smarting; smarts

Definition of smart (Entry 2 of 4)

intransitive verb

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

smart

noun

Definition of smart (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : a smarting pain especially : a stinging local pain
2 : poignant grief or remorse was not the sort to get over smarts— Sir Winston Churchill
3 smarts plural, slang : intelligence, know-how

smart

adverb

Definition of smart (Entry 4 of 4)

: in a smart manner : smartly

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Other Words from smart

Adjective

smartly adverb
smartness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for smart

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of smart in a Sentence

Adjective Poodles are said to be smart dogs. That was a smart investment. He gave her a smart answer. Verb Her eyes were smarting from the smoke. the injection only smarted for a moment Noun the toddler was whining over the smart from the cut she had the smarts to start college at age 16, but perhaps not the emotional maturity Adverb He plays smart and the fans appreciate that. I dress smarter than she does. Play it smart during the contract negotiations and you'll get more vacation time.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The script captures her plight with a tragic honesty, emphasizing her vulnerability, despite being a smart and resourceful kid. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Lili Taylor struggles with mental illness in ‘Paper Spiders’," 7 May 2021 If this isn't enough motivation, there is an extra tax bonus for low-income workers who are smart enough to make Roth IRA contributions. David Rae, Forbes, "What You Need To Know In 2021 About The Roth IRA," 6 May 2021 Following the repressive rules may convey the patina of the blessed, but Mary is too smart to subscribe fully to this peer pressure of the pure, aware that her playacting for her defense hides much darker motives. BostonGlobe.com, "In Chris Bohjalian’s latest, accusations of witchcraft," 6 May 2021 Sean Casey, for example, is smart and incessantly pleasant, but way too gentle a soul to go deep with candor. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's morning line: Arroyo on Reds radio appointment listening," 6 May 2021 General manager Steve Yzerman signed Ryan last October in a move that projected to be smart for both sides: The Wings got a former 30-goal scorer for one year at $1 million, and Ryan, 34, got a chance to try to reboot his career. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Bobby Ryan still fits into the Detroit Red Wings rebuild. Here's how," 5 May 2021 And Cruz is smart enough to know that, at least at the moment, the path to the Republican nomination goes directly through Mar-a-Lago. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "The GOP’s utterly embarrassing capitulation to Donald Trump, in 1 photo," 5 May 2021 The show is smart enough to get away with baring its teeth more. Jen Chaney, Vulture, "Girls5Eva Is 2 Funny 2 Ignore," 5 May 2021 And unfortunately, none of us are smart enough to know exactly how his body will respond to whatever’s next. Andrew Seligman, ajc, "White Sox's Robert could miss rest of year with hip injury," 4 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Options range from simple bulbs that slot into regular fixtures to smart light strips that can be installed in unlikely spots. Simon Hill, Wired, "How to Use Smart Lighting to Transform Your Kid’s Bedroom," 15 Apr. 2021 Upgrade to smart home lighting with this starter kit, which includes four white and colour ambient bulbs and a Hue home hub to voice control your lights. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, "Amazon Prime Day Canada: Your guide to the best deals," 13 Oct. 2020 One pundit insists that newspapers, radio and television didn’t destroy civilization, and neither will smart phones. John Horgan, Scientific American, "Big Tech, Out-of-Control Capitalism and the End of Civilization," 7 Oct. 2020 Some were still smarting from last year's 21-14 loss to Pickerington Central while some were making post-workout pool plans in 6-foot socially distant shouts. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "State runner-up Elder football back on the field for preliminary OHSAA-approved workouts," 27 May 2020 Schools are already smarting financially from losing out on NCAA Tournament revenues from the winter season. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Can we really expect college football to start on time in the fall? Here's what national experts are saying," 5 May 2020 Most Democratic Senators, still smarting over losing the Scalia seat from Merrick Garland, and understandably so, and concerned about the conservative tilt of the court, and understandably so, were ready to vote against Kavanaugh on the merits. Hope Reese, Longreads, "‘They Were Growing Seedlings…Which Would Sprout To Become Supreme Court Justices’," 18 Dec. 2019 Just about anything with network connectivity belongs to the internet of things, from security cameras and speakers to smart watches and denim jackets. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "The WIRED Guide to the Internet of Things," 10 Feb. 2020 Joe Biden, smarting from a poor performance in Iowa, unleashed on his rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination in a way he's been hesitant to do before. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden dings Sanders as a socialist and warns he'll hurt down-ballot races," 5 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Emsisoft analyst Brett Callow called AXA's decision smart, noting that some organizations seem more inclined to pay ransom if the money isn't coming from their own pockets. Frank Bajak, Star Tribune, "Insurer AXA halts ransomware crime reimbursement in France," 6 May 2021 Anthes is bullish on the possibilities of the smart. Max Holleran, The New Republic, "The Future of Staying Home," 3 Dec. 2020 Apple might finally release AirTags, a coin-size smart-tracker that relies on Apple's iCloud network to help users locate missing items. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "How to watch Apple's iPhone event live," 13 Oct. 2020 Now, with Democrats running to deny Trump a second term, on a ticket to be headed by former Vice President Joe Biden, a great debate rages in the party over the extent of Trump's political smarts and acumen. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "After 2016 shock, Democrats scared of their own shadow in facing Trump," 29 Apr. 2020 Under the hood, Apple has stuffed the computing smarts of its flagship 6.1-inch iPhone 11 into the SE's 4.7-inch body, making it arguably the most powerful budget device on the market. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, "The new budget iPhone SE is the right phone for an uncertain time," 25 Apr. 2020 It’s packed full of smarts, as well as being a fount of worthwhile clicks. Chris Stanford, New York Times, "Coronavirus, Antibody Tests, Nova Scotia: Your Monday Briefing," 20 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile, as the seams of the Samos refugee camp burst at the edges, ordinary children demonstrate a level of smarts and resilience beyond their years. Katy Fallon, Fortune, "Europe’s refugee crisis is getting worse—for these children," 1 Feb. 2020 But Donald Trump didn’t come up with those smarts himself. Andrea Bernstein, ProPublica, "Trump Pushed for a Sweetheart Tax Deal on His First Hotel. It’s Cost New York City $410,068,399 and Counting.," 22 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb This is a smart-looking router that feels well built. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, "D-Link’s 5G Router Is A Smart Way To Get Online Wirelessly," 15 Apr. 2021 Gadgets and smart-designed everyday objects are sure to delight even the toughest mothers. Popular Science, "The best mom gifts for Mother’s Day 2021," 8 Mar. 2021 Get a visual on your timers (and the time of day) with the Echo Wall Clock, a smart-looking clock that works with your existing compatible Echo device. Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "All the best Cyber Monday deals you can shop at Amazon," 30 Nov. 2020 Get a visual on your timers (and the time of day) with the Echo Wall Clock, a smart-looking clock that works with your existing compatible Echo device. Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "All the best Cyber Monday deals you can shop at Amazon," 30 Nov. 2020 Get a visual on your timers (and the time of day) with the Echo Wall Clock, a smart-looking clock that works with your existing compatible Echo device. Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "All the best Cyber Monday deals you can shop at Amazon," 30 Nov. 2020 Get a visual on your timers (and the time of day) with the Echo Wall Clock, a smart-looking clock that works with your existing compatible Echo device. Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "All the best Cyber Monday deals you can shop at Amazon," 30 Nov. 2020 Get a visual on your timers (and the time of day) with the Echo Wall Clock, a smart-looking clock that works with your existing compatible Echo device. Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "All the best Cyber Monday deals you can shop at Amazon," 30 Nov. 2020 Get a visual on your timers (and the time of day) with the Echo Wall Clock, a smart-looking clock that works with your existing compatible Echo device. Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "All the best Cyber Monday deals you can shop at Amazon," 30 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of smart

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 7

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for smart

Adjective

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

Verb

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

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The first known use of smart was before the 12th century

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smart

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of smart

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: very good at learning or thinking about things
: showing intelligence or good judgment
informal + disapproving : behaving or talking in a rude or impolite way : showing a lack of respect for someone

smart

verb

English Language Learners Definition of smart (Entry 2 of 3)

: to feel a sudden sharp pain
: to be upset about something

smart

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of smart (Entry 3 of 3)

: in a smart way

smart

adjective
\ ˈsmärt How to pronounce smart (audio) \
smarter; smartest

Kids Definition of smart

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : quick to learn or do : bright smart students
2 : showing good judgment : wise a smart decision
3 : fresh sense 8 “You tryin’ to be smart with me, boy?”— Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Shiloh
4 : stylish and fashionable a smart dresser
5 : brisk sense 1, spirited I was walking at a smart pace.
6 : controlled by computers and able to do things that seem intelligent a smart machine

Other Words from smart

smartly adverb
smartness noun

smart

verb
smarted; smarting

Kids Definition of smart (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to cause or feel a sharp stinging pain My eyes were smarting from the smoke.
2 : to be upset She's still smarting from the criticism.

smart

noun

Kids Definition of smart (Entry 3 of 3)

: a stinging pain usually in one spot
\ ˈsmärt How to pronounce smart (audio) \

Medical Definition of smart

: 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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