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Meaning of “clever” in the English Dictionary

"clever" in British English

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cleveradjective

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 atphysics. Charlie has a clever idea/plan for getting us out of ​ourpresent difficulties. skilful: My ​mother is very clever with her ​hands.B1 well-designed: I've got a clever little ​gadget for ​openingjars. disapproving showingintelligence, but not ​sincere, ​polite, or ​serious: That's enough clever talk, ​younglady.

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(Definition of clever from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"clever" in American English

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cleveradjective

 us   /ˈklev·ər/
having or ​showing a ​quickintelligence in doing something or in ​persuadingpeople to do something: It was ​certainly a clever ad and got a lot of ​attention.
cleverly
adverb  us   /ˈklev·ər·li/
Did you ​notice how she cleverly ​avoidedanswering most of my ​questions?
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