Definition of tart verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

tart

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//tɑːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tɑːrt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tart
BrE BrE//tɑːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tɑːrt//
 
he / she / it tarts
BrE BrE//tɑːts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tɑːrts//
 
past simple tarted
BrE BrE//ˈtɑːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːrtɪd//
 
past participle tarted
BrE BrE//ˈtɑːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːrtɪd//
 
-ing form tarting
BrE BrE//ˈtɑːtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːrtɪŋ//
 
 
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Word Originverb mid 19th cent.: probably an abbreviation of sweetheart. Phrasal Verbstart somethinguptart yourself up