Smarten

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Smarten To make smart or spruce; -- usually with up. "She had to go and smarten herself up somewhat."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • smarten To make smart or spruce; render brisk, bright, or lively: often with up.
    • smarten To smart; be pained.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Smarten to make smart, to brighten (with up)
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. smeortan; Dut. smarten, Ger. schmerzen.

Usage

In literature:

But I've got a hunch that if we play dumb at first, then smarten up slowly, we can make him feel that he's done it for us.
"Danger in Deep Space" by Carey Rockwell
She would be always cleaning, yet never clean; always smartening things up, and yet never keeping them tidy.
"True to his Colours" by Theodore P. Wilson
Smarten yourselves up a bit.
"!Tention" by George Manville Fenn
Railings had painted themselves blue or green, and smartened their tips with white.
"The Chauffeur and the Chaperon" by C. N. Williamson
She dropped it into the pond yesterday, and I am trying to smarten it up a little, poor thing!
"Three Margarets" by Laura E. Richards
If they excused her for half a second this would give her sufficient space to tittivate and smarten up.
"Love at Paddington" by W. Pett Ridge
The house in Rathbone Place had been smartened up.
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
It's smartened up beyond all knowing.
"The Wooden Horse" by Hugh Walpole
He had smartened himself up considerably so far as appearance went.
"People of Position" by Stanley Portal Hyatt
Let her smarten herself up, by all means.
"The Etiquette of Engagement and Marriage" by G. R. M. Devereux
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In poetry:

Zingt gij nooit de roode smarten
Van den duistren aardenacht,
Wordt het bloeden onzer harten
Wel gestelpt, maar nooit verklacht?...
"Leeuwerik" by Pieter Cornelis Boutens
And when they had scraped each wall,
Pulled out the stately pews, and smartened all,
'It will be well,' declared the spruce church-warden,
'To overhaul
"The Obliterate Tomb" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

To give Duplicity its due, Tony Gilroy's romantic caper goes against the Hollywood grain by smartening itself up instead of dumbing itself down.
Intelligent hydraulics simplifies and smartens plastics sheet extrusion .
Sunset Uses Savant and the iPad to Smarten Up This Show House.
Think Tech 4 Ways to Smarten up Your Car.
Locals need to smarten up.
Free Penmanship Print Font Helps Kids Smarten Up Their Handwriting.
Free Penmanship Print Font Helps Kids Smarten Up Their Handwriting .
Federal regulation won't smarten, slim kids.
Sew this nostalgic schoolhouse hanging craft to smarten up your wall decor.
Sew this nostalgic schoolhouse hanging craft to smarten up your wall decor.
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