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How smart is Macmillan Dictionary? Let’s do the 10-step test. 1 Red word and stars system smart HHH

2 Real examples

Smart is a red word, which means that it’s part of the ‘core vocabulary’ of English – the 7,500 words that make up about 93% of all communication. What’s more it has three stars (red words can have one, two, or three stars) which means it’s one of the 2,500 most common words in English. So this makes smart a really important word to know.


You’ll find plenty of example sentences and they’re all real examples used by real people in real contexts.

3 Related words

OK, so what other words mean the same sort of thing as smart? What are its synonyms? The thesaurus will tell you: discerning



brilliant clever



4 Common phrases

The dictionary shares thousands of common phrases too. If you’ve looked in the Thesaurus for smart, you’ll see that bright is one of its near synonyms. Follow the link from bright and you’ll see eight phrases all involving the word bright.

brainy clear-sighted

• look on the bright side to think about the good parts of a situation that is mostly bad Look on the bright side – you’ll save money by not going.

• bright and breezy lively and confident

Their music is bright and breezy but not very memorable.

5 Pronunciation

Now, you probably know how to pronounce smart and bright but how do you pronounce incisive, for example? And is it pronounced the same in British and American English? The dictionary will tell you.

/ɪnˈsaɪsɪv/ Pronunciation

6 Staying up-to-date

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English is changing and growing all the time. We constantly update the dictionary to reflect these changes, adding new words and phrases as they appear.

Maybe there’s a word you’d like to add. It could be a brand-new word that we don’t have yet, or a word that you use in your part of the world. Add it to the Open Dictionary.

And of course you can share any of the words you’ve looked up with your Facebook friends, your Twitter followers and the rest of the world.

Play a word game on your own or in class that challenges your knowledge of things like phrasal verbs, irregular verbs, common words and collocations.

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The toolbar gadget allows you to search for a word in Macmillan Dictionary just by typing it into your regular browser search box.

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Add the BuzzWord gadget to your website and students will stay right on top of new words and current English language trends. The weekly BuzzWord is chosen by Kerry Maxwell, author of Brave New Words, for its current popularity in the news and other media. It comes with an in-depth article and, once a month, a worksheet for use in class.

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4 Double-click function

Try this powerful gadget – the dictionary’s double-click function. The double-click means that users can click on any word on a page with this widget installed and immediately get a definition on their screens. Now that’s useful!


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5 Pronunciation app

What is considered intelligent varies with culture. For example, when asked to sort, the Kpelle people take a functional approach. A Kpelle participant stated, “The knife goes with the orange because it cuts it.”

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good at thinking clearly and quickly, at understanding diffcult ideas and subjects, and at gaining and using knowledge Surely an intelligent person like you can deal with this. highly intelligent: He was highly intelligent, but disliked studying


Thesaurus entry for this meaning of intelligent

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If you’re developing word games, educational apps, language-learning websites or other English-related digital applications, the Macmillan Dictionary API allows you to use our dictionary content in your product in the manner you choose.

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