smart

adjective
\ ˈsmärt How to pronounce smart (audio) \

Definition of smart

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : making one smart : causing a sharp stinging
2 : marked by often sharp forceful activity or vigorous strength a smart pull of the starter cord
3 : brisk, spirited a smart pace
4a : mentally alert : bright
c : shrewd a smart investment
5a : witty, clever a smart sitcom
b : rude or impolite in a bold and disrespectful way : pert don't get smart with me
6a : neat, trim soldiers in smart uniforms
b : stylish or elegant in dress or appearance
c(1) : appealing to sophisticated tastes
(2) : characteristic of or patronized by fashionable society
7a : 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

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

dapper, natty, sharp, snappy, spruce

Synonyms: Verb

ache, hurt, pain

Synonyms: Noun

ache, pain, pang, prick, shoot, sting, stitch, throe, tingle, twinge

Antonyms: Adjective

disheveled (or dishevelled), frowsy (or frowzy), sloppy, slovenly, unkempt

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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

The airplane cabin is about to get smart, raising passenger expectations and privacy concerns. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Next Frontier in the Privacy Debate: Your Flight," 15 May 2019 Men are made fun of for being smart and good communicators, for listening and reading instead of talking. Thomas Page Mcbee, Teen Vogue, "Kendrick Sampson on Masculinity, Race, and Why Men Should Be More Vulnerable," 26 Mar. 2019 Machine learning is coming to the masses, and those hordes of DIY drones and robots are about to get a whole lot smarter. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's $99 Jetson Nano Developer Kit brings GPU-supercharged AI smarts to maker projects," 18 Mar. 2019 The Elvie’s cohorts include smart pumps, like the Willow, which offers coaching feedback — for a cool $499.99. Ciara Phelan, Allure, "What Is Femtech, and Is It the New Pink Tax?," 22 Apr. 2019 While Google has been steadily expanding Assistant’s capabilities to speakers and other smart devices, the Roav Bolt represents a new battlefield in its fight against Amazon’s Alexa assistant. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Anker's Roav Bolt brings Google Assistant to your car's 12V socket, even with an iPhone," 17 Apr. 2019 The hotel is coming on the heels, too, of some smart urban planning, with the firm Snøhetta doing wayfinding, new pedestrian walkways, benches, and more in Times Square. Spencer Bailey, Town & Country, "Ian Schrager on His Latest Luxury Hotel: "Why Not Times Square?"," 16 Apr. 2019 Jose Julian as Gordie Jose is Gordie, a smart guy who becomes a huge asset in the New World. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Netflix's Newest Teen Drama "The Society"," 4 Apr. 2019 On the app First, open the Alexa app on your smart device. Natt Garun, The Verge, "How to hear (and delete) every conversation your Amazon Alexa has recorded," 28 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Jose Mourinho was left smarting after his biggest league defeat in almost six years. SI.com, "Man Utd vs Chelsea Preview: Classic Encounter, Recent Form, Team News & More," 24 Feb. 2018 Europe and Asia are still smarting over the U.S. having beaten them to the 4G finish line. Robert M. Mcdowell, WSJ, "To Boost 5G, Keep the Industry Free," 27 Sep. 2018 Senate Democrats, still smarting from being denied that seat, now argue Trump’s nominee must wait until voters have a say in the midterms. Dana Blanton, Fox News, "Fox News Poll: Jury's out on Kavanaugh, voters want Senate vote before midterms," 13 July 2018 Some voters are still smarting from property-tax hikes by the state this past spring for education, and others are looking ahead to February, when Seattle Public Schools will put its own construction and operations levies on the ballot. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle property-tax levy to test voters’ generosity toward education," 15 Oct. 2018 Bogle was warned against the dangers of allocating money to smart beta funds. Bloomberg.com, "Balchunas Discusses Bogle’s Smart Beta Warning (Audio)," 12 June 2017 The country’s banks, smarting from decades of low interest rates, have been eager to lend SoftBank billions of dollars, while individual investors have snapped up its bonds. Mayumi Negishi, WSJ, "SoftBank Targets $20 Billion IPO for Japanese Mobile Unit," 12 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, Indonesia’s government, still smarting from having its entire airline industry put on a black list by Western nations due to shoddy safety oversight, is also inspecting all of the 737 MAX jets operated in the country. Barbara S. Peterson, Popular Mechanics, "Lion Air 610 Had the Same Problem Four Flights in a Row Before It Crashed," 5 Nov. 2018 For voters still smarting over Merrick Garland, that’s the ultimate motivator. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "The GOP Can’t Win for Losing," 20 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Russell is a dynamic player who shapes the game using his athletic abilities and smarts. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Backtalk: Times readers sound off on Mariners, Gonzaga and Seahawks," 29 Mar. 2019 The best—and hopefully only—lesson Washington could take from Meyer is that the feminine is powerful, that a sleek dress doesn’t diminish a woman’s smarts or status. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Political Fashion Doesn’t Look Like Veep—But Maybe It Should," 1 Apr. 2019 Also like the Raspberry Pi, the Jetson Nano Developer Kit is loaded with hardware connections designed to expose the board’s smarts to the world. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's $99 Jetson Nano Developer Kit brings GPU-supercharged AI smarts to maker projects," 18 Mar. 2019 The Sonos One pretty successfully combines the smarts of Alexa with sound quality that’s far superior to Amazon’s first-party efforts (although its promised Google Assistant support has been delayed to 2019). Jon Porter, The Verge, "Sonos’ Black Friday deals feature the One and Beam speakers," 14 Nov. 2018 But most of our smarts are going be dedicated to jockeying and manipulating our position among others. Sean Illing, Vox, "Why humans evolved into such good bullshitters," 6 Dec. 2018 The combination of his smarts and stickwork enabled him to make plays with good vision and a hard shot. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, "2018 All-Metro boys lacrosse first and second teams," 4 July 2018 Robotic vacuums have only proliferated over the years (and there are lots of good ones), but iRobot has long been leading the pack with robotic vacs that also pack in other smarts for even better cleaning. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Embrace the Robot Vacuum Future with Amazon's Roomba Sale," 12 Feb. 2019 The inaugural Pixel was awkward from the start, a weird mash-up of hardware from phonemaker HTC with some Google smarts baked in. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "The Pixel 3’s Greatness Is Measured in Millimeters," 15 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 1

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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smart

adjective

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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