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shrewd

adjective
 
 
/ʃruːd/
able to judge people and situations well and make good decisions: My one big regret is about money - I wish I'd been more shrewd. Simon is an extremely shrewd businessman. The time is ripe for shrewd investors to make a killing on investment trusts.
based on good understanding or judgment: The banks have probably taken a shrewd decision selling some stock now. Shrewd investment in American property soon reaped Gilbert a second fortune. Looking to the East to invest might be a shrewd move.
shrewdly adverb
Translations of “shrewd”
in Korean 약삭빠른, 영리한…
in Arabic ثاقِب الرَّأي…
in French astucieux…
in Turkish kurnaz, zeki, açıkgöz…
in Italian accorto, astuto, scaltro…
in Chinese (Traditional) 明智的, 精明的…
in Russian проницательный, практичный…
in Polish błyskotliwy, sprytny…
in Spanish perspicaz, astuto…
in Portuguese sagaz, astuto…
in German schlau…
in Catalan sagaç, astut…
in Japanese やり手の, 利口な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 明智的, 精明的…
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