smart·​en | \ ˈsmär-tᵊn How to pronounce smarten (audio) \
smartened; smartening\ ˈsmärt-​niŋ How to pronounce smartening (audio) , ˈsmär-​tᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of smarten

transitive verb

: to make smart or smarter especially : spruce usually used with up

intransitive verb

: to smarten oneself used with up

Examples of smarten in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anecdotally, says Abrahamsen, when looking through more recent pitch decks from other startups to investors, entrepreneurs also appear to be smartening up to the trend. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Why 2020 is shaping up to be a strong year for IPOs," 28 Jan. 2020 Made by the same company that creates all sorts of robots to smarten formerly dumb gadgets, this curtain bot is on Kickstarter for $69. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "Make Any “Dumb” Drapes Smart with the SwitchBot," 4 Nov. 2019 Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Google showed off one of the first steps on the path to smartening up headphones with the Pixel Buds’ real-time translation last year. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "The headphone wars have begun," 3 Oct. 2018 More than that, like the platforms, the media needs to smarten up about ways that extremists successfully manipulate the media into writing about them. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How a new class of “digital martyrs” are manipulating social networks," 18 Sep. 2018 Siri is expected to play a key role during the event, as Apple attempts to smarten up its digital assistant to better compete with rivals Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Follow live: Apple unwraps next iPhone iOS at Worldwide Developers Conference," 4 June 2018 Expect more on PowerBI visualizations in Excel, as well as updates on Windows Machine Learning (Windows ML) to smarten up Windows and your other devices. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's mobile strategy: Create Windows-like app 'experiences' for smartphones," 7 May 2018 There are also commercial producers with discerning taste and bold instincts, such as Scott Rudin, who are committed to smartening up the Broadway landscape. Charles Mcnulty,, "Tony Award nominations reflect an anemic year for original ideas. Here's a critic's take on the bright spots," 1 May 2018 Or they can be smartened up with tapered pants and a crisp shirt. Kavita Daswani,, "Esquivel is having a winter sample sale this weekend; Toms to debut Venice Collection of shoes," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of smarten

1782, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Smarten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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