verb (used with object)
- to groom oneself: to smarten up before dinner.
- to become aware of one's mistakes, shortcomings, etc., and make efforts to correct them: If you don't smarten up, you're going to be out of a job.
Origin of smarten
Related Words for smartenadjust, amend, correct, debug, doctor, emend, face-lift, overhaul, patch, rebuild, recondition, reconstruct, regulate, restore, revamp, revise, sort, spruce, retread
Examples from the Web for smarten
Historical Examples of smarten
At the tavern, where we went to smarten up and to eat, we chanced upon Gregory.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
Antiquity has a charm of its own, and to smarten it up would only damage it.A Tramp Abroad, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
He's one of the sons, and he'd smarten 'em up if he had his way.The Eldest Son
"Your 'Enery will 'ave to smarten 'isself up a bit fer their dear sakes," I ses.Mr. Punch's Golf Stories
This afternoon ammunition drill, &c., to smarten the men up.Letters from France
Isaac Alexander Mack