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

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 This all seems like smart design: Making the rider kick off is a way of making sure the scooter won’t go anywhere without someone on board. al, "So, what’s it like to ride a Gotcha scooter in Mobile?," 10 Jan. 2020 CPS Energy’s power plants, transmission lines, substations and smart meters — the major components of San Antonio’s electric grid — are like bodily organs. Greg Jefferson, ExpressNews.com, "Jefferson: Iran wants to hack our power grid. Can CPS Energy prevent it?," 10 Jan. 2020 The smart people were sure that was going to kneecap Tesla. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Tesla’s Success Is the Product of a Healthy Entrepreneurial Culture," 9 Jan. 2020 Ballie is a tennis ball-sized rolling robot designed to help keep things in check in your smart home. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This Tennis Ball-Sized Robot Wants to Be Your Housekeeper," 8 Jan. 2020 In fact, on the new Weight Watchers diet plan, a cup of orange juice will cost you 6 smart points, about the same as a small bowl of pasta or a couple of chocolate cookies, whereas an actual orange is a freebie at zero points. Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, "Is Orange Juice Good for You? 4 Surprising Health Benefits of Drinking OJ," 7 Jan. 2020 Most smart locks simply attach over a current deadbolt, which requires a large motor to replace. Popular Science, "CES 2020: Faceless, furry robots and other quirky gadgets from day one," 7 Jan. 2020 And as Apple steps into the smart home market, its emphasis on privacy could set it apart from Amazon and Google. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "What to expect at CES 2020," 5 Jan. 2020 The Prince of Wales and William are both smart in blue suits, while George paired his crisp white Amaia Kids shirt with . Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George Stands Alongside the Queen, Prince Charles, and Prince William for a Historical Portrait," 3 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Yes, Detroiters are still smarting about the officiating at Green Bay. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions have too many flaws — and now injuries — to be a contender," 20 Oct. 2019 Really, the best hope for the Texans in 2019 is for the Texans offense to become more consistent and dominant, and for the defense to smart and scheme their way into good fortune and semi-competence. Stephanie Stradley, Houston Chronicle, "Stephanie Stradley’s Texans-Titans Q&A with Tom Gower," 13 Dec. 2019 Lowe's: Hundreds of Cyber Week deals, from appliances and tools to smart home and bath. Staff, CNN Underscored, "Cyber Monday 2019: 100+ of the best deals you can start shopping now," 1 Dec. 2019 Paris is still smarting from a failed attempt years ago at building a sovereign cloud for the princely sum of 150 million euros ($165 million). Washington Post, "Macron and Merkel Are Caught in a New Cold War," 14 Nov. 2019 Qualcomm’s near-term business also is smarting from its legal war with Apple Inc., which has shut out the company from the latest generation of iPhones. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Qualcomm Still Bitten by Apple," 8 Nov. 2018 Fear sharpened her wits, and the world shifted into focus as the smarting in her eyes faded. David Canfield, EW.com, "Read an excerpt from Blood Heir, the year's most controversial YA novel," 17 Oct. 2019 But Taystee, smarting at Cindy's betrayal, mails Monica a letter revealing the truth about her mother. Bethonie Butler, chicagotribune.com, "So, you stopped watching ‘Orange Is the New Black’ three seasons ago? Here’s how it ends," 27 July 2019 But the crackdown also left thousands of peaceful protesters choking on tear gas and many others smarting from pepper spray or injured by rubber bullets. Mike Ives, BostonGlobe.com, "After protests, Hong Kong’s leader faces more calls to delay bill," 14 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lots of people in journalism report on the weather, but no one does it with the statistical smarts of Rich Exner. Chris Quinn, Editor, cleveland, "No one brings you more mind-boggling weather trends like Rich Exner: Letter from the Editor," 21 Dec. 2019 The Lenovo Smart Display 7 is a small, compact smart display powered by Google Assistant. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "Lenovo's Smart Display 7 has the looks to compete with Google's Nest Hub," 19 Dec. 2019 The Sonos One remains ideal for anyone who wants a home speaker with (most of) the smarts of a Google Home or Amazon Echo without settling for mediocre sound quality. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: All the Cyber Monday 2019 tech deals that are still hot," 2 Dec. 2019 Sonos’ Beam is a soundbar with some built-in smarts, and supports voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and smart speaker standards like AirPlay 2. Melissa Locker, Time, "The Best Black Friday Tech and Gadget Deals 2019," 25 Nov. 2019 In the smart home, Mozilla picked Wemo's $59.99 Wi-Fi smart dimmer for having poor security features, notably no strong password protection, encryption or a policy to deal with security vulnerabilities. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Before you buy, consider privacy please," 23 Nov. 2019 However, Moseley ran an impressive 40-yard dash (4.42 seconds) before last year’s draft and has since stuck with the 49ers thanks to other qualities, such as feistiness and football smarts. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ Emmanuel Moseley undaunted by potential matchup with Odell Beckham," 30 Sep. 2019 The family and friends of Gracie Anne Muehlberger recounted stories of a vibrant teenager who was admired for her smarts, humor and mischievousness, the Orange County Register reports. USA TODAY, "Seedlings to fall far from oak, bologna bust, snowboard pioneer: News from around our 50 states," 26 Nov. 2019 The team depended on Smith to play smart amid adversity in the second half. Brian Murphy, orlandosentinel.com, "UCF basketball extends win streak with victory over Green Bay," 11 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The Colorado staff has been smart in moving him up all over the field to get the ball in his hands, even playing him as a Wildcat quarterback at times. Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "2020 NFL mock draft — where will CU Buffs WR Laviska Shenault land?," 4 Dec. 2019 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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Time Traveler for smart

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The first known use of smart was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Smart.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smarting. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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smart

adjective
How to pronounce smart (audio)

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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