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Definition of smart verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they smart
    he / she / it smarts
    past simple smarted
    -ing form smarting
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  1. 1[intransitive] smart (from something) to feel a sharp stinging pain in a part of your body His eyes were smarting from the smoke. The wound was beginning to smart a little. I rubbed my smarting eyes.
  2. 2[intransitive] smart (from/over something) to feel upset about a criticism, failure, etc. They are still smarting from the 4–0 defeat last week. He is still smarting over his humiliation in the election.
see also smarts
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: smart