[ smahrt ]
/ smɑrt /
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verb (used without object)
to be a source of sharp, local, and usually superficial pain, as a wound.
to be the cause of a sharp, stinging pain, as an irritating application, a blow, etc.
to feel a sharp, stinging pain, as in a wound.
to suffer keenly from wounded feelings: She smarted under their criticism.
to feel shame or remorse or to suffer in punishment or in return for something.
verb (used with object)
to cause a sharp pain to or in.
adjective, smart·er, smart·est.
quick or prompt in action, as persons.
having or showing quick intelligence or ready mental capability: a smart student.
shrewd or sharp, as a person in dealing with others or as in business dealings: a smart businessman.
clever, witty, or readily effective, as a speaker, speech, rejoinder, etc.
dashingly or impressively neat or trim in appearance, as persons, dress, etc.
socially elegant; sophisticated or fashionable: the smart crowd.
saucy; pert: smart remarks.
sharply brisk, vigorous, or active: to walk with smart steps.
sharply severe, as a blow, stroke, etc.
sharp or keen: a smart pain.
- (of a machine, system, etc.) equipped with electronic control mechanisms, software programs, etc., and capable of remote, automated, and seemingly intelligent operation: smart copiers;smart weapons;a smart thermostat.
- equipped with microprocessors, as for data processing, internet access, etc. (usually used in combination): a smartphone;a smartwatch.
having properties that can be changed in response to stimuli or environmental conditions; self-regulating: smart fabrics that respond to temperature or light.
Older Use. considerable; fairly large.
in a smart manner; smartly.
a sharp local pain, usually superficial, as from a wound, blow, or sting.
keen mental suffering, as from wounded feelings, affliction, grievous loss, etc.
smarts, Slang. intelligence; common sense: He never had the smarts to use his opportunities.
OTHER WORDS FOR smart
11 spruce; pretentious, showy.
16 stinging, poignant, penetrating.
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Origin of smart
First recorded before 1050; Middle English (verb) smerten, Old English -smeortan (only in the compound fyrsmeortende “painful like fire”), cognate with Old High German smerzan (German schmerzen ); (adjective) Middle English smerte, smart “quick, prompt, sharp,” originally, “biting, smarting,” late Old English smearte, akin to the verb; (adverb and noun) Middle English smerte, derivative of the adjective
OTHER WORDS FROM smart
smart·ing·ly, adverbsmart·ly, adverbsmart·ness, nounsu·per·smart, adjective
su·per·smart·ness, nounul·tra·smart, adjectiveun·smart, adjectiveun·smart·ing, adjective
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How to use smart in a sentence
With the Air, Apple has been smart about what’s included, as well as what’s missing.The new iPad Air is the best tablet for most people|Stan Horaczek|October 30, 2020|Popular-Science
The company’s major products include power banks, charging accessories, and USB hubs, but they also produce smart home appliances for the Eufy brand, as well as earbuds such as the ones included in this article under the brand name Soundcore.Best wireless earbuds: Five things to consider|PopSci Commerce Team|October 30, 2020|Popular-Science
“To quote Will Shortz, a good puzzle always makes the solver feel smart,” Kwong said, referring to a renowned colleague.With playhouses dark, interactive theater online is lighting things up|Peter Marks|October 29, 2020|Washington Post
Governments are more likely to fund long-term, risky bets like clean energy, sustainable materials, or smart manufacturing—the kinds of technologies the world really needs right now.America’s technological leadership is at stake in this election|Gideon Lichfield|October 29, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Friedman’s approach to building a team certainly looks smart at the moment.The Dodgers Were The Best Team. And The Best Team Won.|Travis Sawchik|October 28, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
British Dictionary definitions for smart (1 of 2)
/ (smɑːt) /
astute, as in business; clever or bright
quick, witty, and often impertinent in speecha smart talker
fashionable; chica smart hotel
causing a sharp stinging pain
vigorous or brisk
dialect considerable or numerousa smart price
(of systems) operating as if by human intelligence by using automatic computer control
(of a projectile or bomb) containing a device that allows it to be guided to its target
verb (mainly intr)
to feel, cause, or be the source of a sharp stinging physical pain or keen mental distressa nettle sting smarts; he smarted under their abuse
(often foll by for) to suffer a harsh penalty
a stinging pain or feeling
in a smart manner
Derived forms of smartsmartish, adjectivesmartly, adverbsmartness, noun
Word Origin for smart
Old English smeortan; related to Old High German smerzan, Latin mordēre to bite, Greek smerdnos terrible
British Dictionary definitions for smart (2 of 2)
/ (smɑːt) /
Christopher. 1722–71, British poet, author of A Song to David (1763) and Jubilate Agno (written 1758–63, published 1939). He was confined (1756–63) for religious mania and died in a debtors' prison
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