in a neat, trim way: At this boarding school, students must be smartly dressed and properly prepared for each class.
in an elegant, sophisticated, or fashionable way: The contemporary white cabinets are smartly accented by modern terracotta tile.
in a way that shows quick intelligence or good practical judgment: Smartly used, the tools I've highlighted will make you a better and more effective manager.
shrewdly or sharply, as in business; strategically: Plan smartly, act coolly, and then retaliate when it best suits you.
in a clever or witty way: The narrator in this song smartly observes that "the only thing that stays the same is everything changes."
quickly or promptly: When the drill sergeant gives them an order, the recruits obey smartly.
briskly or vigorously: The detective took the warrant from the officer and walked smartly into the inner office without knocking.
in a pert or saucy way: Asked if the two of them could stop bickering like children and listen up, she retorted smartly, "I can if he can."
in a sharp, precise, or severe way and with a cracking sound, as of striking or slapping: Under water, two rocks struck smartly together can be heard over a great distance.Mark out the shape of the hole by placing the metal plate in position and tapping it smartly with a hammer.
Digital Technology. in a remote, automated, self-regulating, or seemingly intelligent way that makes use of electronic control mechanisms and programming, microprocessors, internet access, etc.: When our all-wheel drive system senses excessive slip, it smartly sends power to the wheel with the surest footing.
sharply or keenly, as pain: I refused to limp, though my shin hurt smartly from the blow.
- su·per·smart·ly, adverb
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How to use smartly in a sentence
The data these devices produce across so many in-depth connections is the fuel for powerful digital applications, from weather prediction systems to smart buildings that regulate their own climates to self-driving cars.
The data from the smart micro-vehicles can be used to slow a scooter down, minimize congestion or lock out people who don’t follow local transportation rules.E-scooters are getting computer vision to curb pedestrian collisions | Dalvin Brown | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
The ultimate goal is to create an ecosystem of apps that allow for what Mayer describes as “smart, small-scale sharing.”
For example, at Samsung Ads, the approach is to leverage ACR data from more than 50 million smart TVs.OTT, CTV, linear TV and digital video: How video can be managed in one place | Samsung Ads | November 18, 2020 | Digiday
Whether you work at a brand, a publisher or an agency, you’ll receive regular insights that will help you make smarter decisions at your job and in your career.Join Digiday’s research panel to earn perks that will help you at your job | Max Willens | November 16, 2020 | Digiday
These chicken pot pies are twists on an American classic, and smartly turned out if made for company.
On stage, the smartly suited Mixner was both very funny and very serious, and he cried after confessing the mercy killings.Gay Activist David Mixner: I Mercy Killed 8 People | Tim Teeman | October 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And he has just the idea: a radical new video service, the details of which he's smartly keeping under wraps.Killing Net Neutrality Kills the Dreams of Young Entrepreneurs | Joshua DuBois | April 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He's lampooned all of these politicians—quite smartly, too—on SNL.Seth Meyers Gets Off to a Rocky Start on 'Late Night' | Kevin Fallon | February 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Overall, the report presented a picture of an economy in which both consumer and business activity is rising smartly.
He had leaped very smartly to this point of vantage, nevertheless he found Jumbo there before him, chattering worse than ever!Hunting the Lions | R.M. Ballantyne
Tommy walked smartly up to her, despite the stern gaze of a suspicious policeman on the opposite side of the street.The Garret and the Garden | R.M. Ballantyne
That privates should obey, and that they should be smartly punished if they disobey, this one can understand very well.Little Travels and Roadside Sketches | William Makepeace Thackeray
Saying this, Dick and his friends left the buoy-store, and walked smartly off to their several places of abode in the town.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
Mrs. Younge replied very smartly to some questions of her husband.