smarten up

phrasal verb
smartened up; smartening up; smartens up

Definition of smarten up

1 US : to become more intelligent or aware : to become smarter He'd better smarten up or he'll get fired.
2 US : to make (someone or something) smarter or more aware Someone needs to smarten him up before he gets in trouble.
3 : to make (someone or something) neat and attractive They smartened themselves up for the party. They smartened up the room for the party.

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“Smarten up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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