smarten up

Definition of smarten up

  1. 1 US :  to become more intelligent or aware :  to become smarter He'd better smarten up or he'll get fired.

  2. 2 US :  to make (someone or something) smarter or more aware Someone needs to smarten him up before he gets in trouble.

  3. 3 :  to make (someone or something) neat and attractive They smartened themselves up for the party. They smartened up the room for the party.

Word by Word Definitions

smartenplay
  1. :  to make smart or smarter

    :  spruce

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated


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