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Definition of clever adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (cleverer, cleverest)
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  1. 1You can also use more clever and most clever. showing intelligence or skill, for example in the design of an object, in an idea, or someone's actions a clever little gadget What a clever idea! That (= what you just did) wasn't very clever, was it? (= it wasn't sensible) Admitting her mistake may have been quite a clever move on her part.
  2. 2quick at learning and understanding things synonym intelligent She's a clever girl! How clever of you to work it out!
  3. 3clever (at something) skillful She's clever at getting what she wants. He's clever with his hands.
adverb The bar's layout has been cleverly designed to give a feeling of space without losing a certain coziness.
noun [uncountable] Brain size and cleverness do not go together.
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