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smarten

[smahr-tn] /ˈsmɑr tn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make more trim or spruce; improve in appearance (usually followed by up):
Try to smarten up your outfit.
2.
to make brisker, as a pace.
3.
to sharpen the judgment or broaden the experience of; educate (usually followed by up):
Someone has to smarten him up about dealing with people.
Verb phrases
4.
smarten up,
  1. to groom oneself:
    to smarten up before dinner.
  2. 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
1805-1815
1805-15; smart + -en1
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Examples from the web for smarten
  • So stop being so squeamish and sensationalizing and smarten up.
  • The system must smarten up before the quiet period ends.
  • Counsellors are provided and a wardrobe is also at hand for those who need to smarten up for job interviews.
British Dictionary definitions for smarten

smarten

/ˈsmɑːtən/
verb (usually foll by up)
1.
(intransitive) to make oneself neater
2.
(transitive) to make quicker or livelier
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Word Origin and History for smarten
v.

"to make smart, to spruce up, to improve appearance," 1786, from smart (adj.) in its sense of "spruce, trim" + -en (1). Related: Smartened; smartening.

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