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 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 And Lexus finally smartened up and swapped the IS250's 2.5-liter V6 for a 2.0-liter turbo four that's way more powerful. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "In a Downsized Turbocharged World, the Lexus RC-F Is the V8 Beast We Need," 3 Aug. 2015 Now scientists at Princeton University have invented a technology aimed at smartening up the millions of windows already in place. Daniel Akst, WSJ, "The Smart Windows That Could Be Sunglasses for Your House," 13 July 2017

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First Known Use of smarten

1782, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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