smart - definition in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online (US)

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “smart”

See all translations

smart

adjective 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.
More examples

smart adjective (CLEVER)

B1 mainly US intelligent, or able to think quickly or cleverly in difficult situations: Gemma'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.
More examples

smart adjective (QUICK)

[before noun] done quickly with a lot of force or effort: She gave him a smart smack on the bottom. We'll have to work at a smart pace if we're going to finish on time.

smart adjective (WORKING BY COMPUTER)

C1 A smart machine, weapon, etc. uses computers to make it work so that it is able to act in an independent way: Until the advent of smart weapons, repeated attacks were needed to ensure the destruction of targets.
smartness
noun [U] uk   /ˈsmɑːt.nəs/  us   /ˈsmɑːrt-/ UK

smart

verb [I] uk   /smɑːt/  us   /smɑːrt/
to hurt with a sharp pain: My eyes were smarting from the onions. to feel upset and angry because of failure or criticism: The police are still smarting from their failure to prevent the robbery.
(Definition of smart from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of smart?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “smart” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

Morse code

a system used for sending messages, in which letters and numbers are represented by short and long marks, sounds, or flashes of light

Word of the Day

The language of elections

by Liz Walter,
April 22, 2015
On May 7th, citizens of the UK will be going to the polls (having an election) to decide who will form the next government. This kind of election is known as a general election. The country is divided into 650 areas, called constituencies. Each constituency elects a member of parliament (MP) to

Read More 

e-juice noun

April 27, 2015
the liquid content in an e-cigarette, which includes nicotine and may be flavoured in various ways Cannabidiol oil that comes from industrial hemp plants, which is what is infused into our e-juice, is 100 per cent legal.

Read More