Meaning of “smart” in the English Dictionary

"smart" in English

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uk /smɑːt/ us /smɑːrt/

smart adjective (STYLISH)

B1 mainly UK having a clean, tidy, and stylish appearance:

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 new office overlooking the river.

B1 mainly UK A place or event that is smart attracts fashionable, stylish, or rich people:

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 think quickly or intelligently in difficult situations:

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 understand computers.
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 showing respect, especially when making a funny remark:

Don't get smart with me, young lady!
Your smart mouth is going to get you into trouble.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈsmɑːt.nəs/ us /ˈsmɑːrt.nəs/ UK


/smɑːt/ /smɑːrt/

in a clever and effective way:

We have to work hard and work smart.
They are encouraging people to eat smart and adopt a healthy lifestyle.

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/

smart adjective [ -er/-est only ] (INTELLIGENT)

intelligent, or able to think and understand quickly in difficult situations:

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

smart adjective [ -er/-est only ] (STYLISH)

dated having a clean, neat, stylish appearance:

She wore smart dresses and dashing hats.

smartverb [ I ]

us /smɑrt/

smart verb [ I ] (STING)

to feel a stinging pain:

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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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.


uk /smɑːt/ us

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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