English version

smarten something ↔ up

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsmarten something ↔ up phrasal verb especially British English1 SMART/WELL-DRESSED smarten yourself up to make yourself look neat and tidy You’d better smarten yourself up.2 TIDYto make something look neater We need to smarten the place up a bit.3 smarten up your act/ideas to improve the way you behave or do something The company needs to smarten up their act if they are to keep customers. smarten→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
smarten upAndrew Lloyd-Webber's new wife, horsewoman Madeline Gurdon, has tried to smarten him up.It's been compared with New York's notorious Bronx, but now the council plans to smarten it up.smarten yourself upJeremy, go smarten yourself up before dinner.She's smartening herself up in the ladies' room.Smarten up! It's time for inspection.smarten up your act/ideasDespite the encouraging figures, the Chunnel has prompted ferry companies to smarten up their act, and offer better deals.
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Verb table
smarten
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theysmarten
he, she, itsmartens
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theysmartened
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave smartened
he, she, ithas smartened
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad smartened
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill smarten
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have smartened
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam smartening
he, she, itis smartening
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you, we, theyare smartening
Past
I, he, she, itwas smartening
you, we, theywere smartening
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been smartening
he, she, ithas been smartening
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been smartening
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be smartening
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been smartening
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