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 Some smart people think that this is all juvenile jingoism. The Economist, "Bagehot Spirit of the Blitz," 21 Mar. 2020 And sign up for our weekly Travel Dispatch newsletter to receive expert tips on traveling smarter and inspiration for your next vacation. Noah Weiland, New York Times, "Idled Cruise Line’s Offer: Use Our Ships as Hospitals. Is That a Good Idea?," 20 Mar. 2020 Typically, hunting and shooting a wild turkey is a one-on-one sport that pits a stealthy hunter against a smart tom. Colin Moore, Outdoor Life, "15 Best Pieces of New Turkey Gear for 2020," 16 Mar. 2020 Announced at Modernism Week, Plant Prefab’s ADUs will now come standard with a series of smart home devices, compatible with Amazon Alexa. Nena Farrell, Sunset Magazine, "This Chic Prefab Is Now a Smart Home, Too," 28 Feb. 2020 Started in the Ukraine by two seriously smart and chic women, Kate Zubarieva and Asya Varetsa, the Sleeper marries my two favorite things: and suits for formal occasions. Willow Lindley, Vogue, "Feels Like a Steal: The Two-Piece Pajama Set That You’ll Want to Wear All Day and Night," 21 Feb. 2020 Still, there’s a lot that’s smart and interesting in between whiffs of confusion and fromage. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "Utopia Falls Is a Bold Attempt to Make a Better YA Dystopia," 13 Feb. 2020 Having a supply of medication on hand is also smart. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "As coronavirus concern mounts, hand sanitizer runs scarce in Anchorage," 5 Mar. 2020 Suddenly the smartest guy in the room knew nothing about what was going on. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "If anyone has the right to call out the NBA for mismanagement, it’s not Mark Cuban," 25 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Both parties are smarting from the general election results. The Economist, "The prospects for reviving Northern Ireland’s government," 9 Jan. 2020 Here are this week’s predictions: Davidson (2-5) at Theodore (6-1): Bobcats will be smarting a bit after last week’s loss at No. 2 McGill-Toolen. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "Coastal Week 9 Predictions: 4 Mobile teams chasing unbeaten seasons," 15 Oct. 2019 The slow start had a Kentucky fan base still smarting from the Tennessee game and a shocking basketball loss to Evansville Tuesday in meltdown mode. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky football pounds its way to 401 rushing yards in win over Vanderbilt," 16 Nov. 2019 But Islamic Jihad, still smarting from the recent fighting, could join in any regional conflict by firing rockets. Joseph Krauss, SFChronicle.com, "Tehran has powerful allies if conflict engulfs region," 4 Jan. 2020 While foreign policy is largely the purview of the executive branch, spending taxpayers’ dollars is a legislative power, and McConnell was still smarting about the aid delay. Philip Elliott, Time, "Why Mitch McConnell Could Be Key In the Trump Impeachment Battle," 26 Sep. 2019 Yes, Detroiters are still smarting about the officiating at Green Bay. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions have too many flaws — and now injuries — to be a contender," 20 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ben Edmunds, the only brewmaster majority owner Scott Lawrence has ever needed, leads the Breakside team with smarts, energy, ambition and the keenest of palates. oregonlive, "These are Portland’s 20 best breweries for 2020," 21 Jan. 2020 Ferguson, Kelley said, had the skills and the smarts for the job and shouldn’t be discounted because of his age. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, "How a young Baltimore legislator became the Democrats’ pick to lead the Maryland Senate," 29 Oct. 2019 The firm remains at the mercy of the markets and the smarts of its traders for generating asset growth as customers remain averse to allocating money to hedge funds. Washington Post, "Hedge Fund Giant Is Trapped on the Naughty Step," 11 Apr. 2019 But ambition only goes so far, and Run This Town simply lacks the screenwriting smarts to keep up with itself. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch in theaters and stream at home this weekend," 6 Mar. 2020 On the higher-quality, more expensive side, several options focus on audio quality and keep the AI assistant’s smarts as well. David Nield, Popular Science, "How to choose the best smart speaker," 12 Feb. 2020 Her style is markedly feminist, highlighting the willful smarts of her protagonists while also flouncing any notions of self-seriousness that might cling to classic works. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "A “Dracula” for the Age of #MeToo," 11 Feb. 2020 But DuckDuckGo's tool has one major difference: Rather than populating a list of upgradable sites manually, Smarter Encryption fills it out automatically using the same web crawling smarts built into DuckDuckGo's private search service. Wired, "DuckDuckGo Will Automatically Encrypt More Sites You Visit," 19 Nov. 2019 Some auto makers are seeking to join forces with Didi and draw on its software smarts rather than attempt to offer rival services. Trefor Moss, WSJ, "Daimler Starts Ride-Hailing Venture with China’s Geely," 24 Oct. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The sophisticated, ultra-modern interior features smart recessed lighting throughout the first floor, which illuminates and accentuates every intriguing architectural angle. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "$5M Lake Houston-area Huffman home features volleyball court, vast acreage," 24 Feb. 2020 The Colorado staff has been smart in moving him up all over the field to get the ball in his hands, even playing him as a Wildcat quarterback at times. Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "2020 NFL mock draft — where will CU Buffs WR Laviska Shenault land?," 4 Dec. 2019 All this talk about getting smart and standing up to immigrants is a giant con. William Saletan, Slate Magazine, "How Russia exploits American racism and xenophobia for its own gain.," 31 Mar. 2017 Adams, son of the second president, and sixth president himself, was smart, omnivorous, observant, bitchy, and hilarious (though always unintentionally). Nr Symposium, National Review, "It’s Summer, Time to Catch Up on Your Reading — A Symposium," 31 July 2017 Work hard and smart now as this cycle of high dynamics won’t last forever. Jeraldine Saunders, The Mercury News, "Horoscope: March 29, 2017," 29 Mar. 2017

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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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Time Traveler for smart

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

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23 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Smart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smart. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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smart

adjective
How to pronounce smart (audio)

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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