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"smart" in British English

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smartadjective

uk   /smɑːt/  us   /smɑːrt/
  • smart adjective (STYLISH)

B1 mainly UK having a ​clean, ​tidy, and ​stylishappearance: Guy looks very smart in his new ​suit, doesn't he? I need a smart ​jacket for my ​interview. She ​works in a very smart newofficeoverlooking the ​river.B1 mainly UK A ​place or ​event that is smart ​attractsfashionable, ​stylish, or ​richpeople: a smart ​restaurant We went to a very smart ​party on New Year's ​Eve.

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  • smart adjective (INTELLIGENT)

B1 mainly US intelligent, or ​able to ​thinkquickly or ​intelligently in ​difficultsituations: Maddy's ​teacher says she's one of the smartest ​kids in the ​class. Why don't you ​fix it if you're so smart? I'm not smart enough to ​understandcomputers. He's smart enough to ​know he can't ​run the ​business without her. Quitting that ​job was the smartest move I ​ever made.

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  • smart adjective (WITHOUT RESPECT )

mainly US not ​showingrespect, ​especially when making a ​funnyremark: Don't get smart with me, ​younglady! Your smart ​mouth is going to get you into ​trouble.
smartness
noun [U] uk   /ˈsmɑːt.nəs/  us   /ˈsmɑːrt-/ UK

smartverb [I]

uk   /smɑːt/  us   /smɑːrt/
(Definition of smart from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"smart" in American English

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smartadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /smɑrt/
intelligent, or ​able to ​think and ​understandquickly in ​difficultsituations: Jed’s smart enough to get A’s in this ​class. Her ​daughter is smarter than she is. Ginny is a very smart ​kid. Quitting that ​job was a smart move. Smart ​devices are ​ones that ​operate using ​computers: smart ​phones a smart ​card
dated having a ​clean, ​neat, ​stylishappearance: She ​wore smart ​dresses and ​dashinghats.

smartverb [I]

 us   /smɑrt/
  • smart verb [I] (STING)

to ​feel a ​stingingpain: Abby’s ​eyes smarted from the ​smoke. fig. Sacramento is still smarting from the ​loss (= is ​upset by it).
(Definition of smart from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"SMART" in Business English

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SMARTadjective

uk   us   /smɑːt/ HR, WORKPLACE, MANAGEMENT
abbreviation for Specific, Measurable, Agreed (or Achievable), Realistic, and Time Bound (or Timed): a phrase to say that the ​aims of a ​company, ​employee, etc. should be ​stated in relation to these things: You need to ensure that all your ​objectives are SMART.

smartadjective

uk   us   /smɑːt/
IT using ​advancedcomputersystems: smart ​design/​technology The ​passports have smart ​chips, ​designed to relay ​travellers' ​biometricinformation.
intelligent or able to ​think quickly: They ​recruit smart young ​people and ​train them on the ​job. Buying those ​shares was a really smart ​move.
(Definition of SMART from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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