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adjective uk   /ˈklev.ər/  us   //
A1 having or showing the ability to learn and understand things quickly and easily: Judy has never been very clever, but she tries hard.UK Fiona is very clever at physics. Charlie has a clever idea/plan for getting us out of our present difficulties. skilful: My mother is very clever with her hands.B1 well-designed: I've got a clever little gadget for opening jars. disapproving showing intelligence, but not sincere, polite, or serious: That's enough clever talk, young lady.
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