American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To improve in appearance or stylishness; spruce up.
- v. To make quicker: smarten the pace.
- v. To make oneself smart or smarter.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make smart or spruce; render brisk, bright, or lively: often with up.
- To smart; be pained.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. colloq. To make smart or spruce; -- usually with
“But expect is the operative word and unless the labels smarten up, that definitely won`t be the case.”
“Energy Secretary Steven Chu claims it will cost more than $100 billion to modernize and "smarten" the grid.”
“The Philadelphia Quakers have collected $15,000, to "smarten" them up, but Veregin has declined to accept the money.”
“Kenneth strolled about the town for awhile before returning to the tavern to shave, change his boots, and "smarten" himself up a bit in preparation for the ceremonious call he had dreaded to make.”
“Didn't take long for people to smarten up – just too bad they didn't BEFORE the elections!”
“If the GOP dosen't smarten up, they are doomed to become an afterthought.”
“Yes | No | Report from steve182 wrote 49 weeks 1 day ago unfortunately not all hunters are wise with their votes. smarten 'up”
“Probably will initially, then Americans will smarten up!”
“Oh, and all you stupid potheads wanting pot legalized, America needs to smarten up and not dumb down anymore.”
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