Sharpen

  • 1 Sharpen — Sharp en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sarpened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sharpening}.] [See {Sharp}, a.] To make sharp. Specifically: (a) To give a keen edge or fine point to; to make sharper; as, to sharpen an ax, or the teeth of a saw. (b) To render more… …

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  • 2 sharpen up — [phrasal verb] : to become better, smarter, more skillful, etc. You d better sharpen up if you want to keep your job. • • • Main Entry: ↑sharpen …

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  • 3 Sharpen — Sharp en, v. i. To grow or become sharp. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 sharpen — index enhance, intensify Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 5 sharpen — 1520s, from SHARP (Cf. sharp) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Related: Sharpened; sharpening …

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  • 6 sharpen — [v] make knifelike acuminate, dress, edge, file, grind, hone, make acute, make sharp, put an edge on, put a point on, sharp, stroke, strop, taper, whet; concepts 137,250 Ant. blunt, dull …

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  • 7 sharpen — ► VERB ▪ make or become sharp. DERIVATIVES sharpener noun …

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  • 8 sharpen — [shär′pən] vt., vi. to make or become sharp or sharper sharpener n …

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  • 9 sharpen — [[t]ʃɑ͟ː(r)pən[/t]] sharpens, sharpening, sharpened 1) V ERG If your senses, understanding, or skills sharpen or are sharpened, you become better at noticing things, thinking, or doing something. Her gaze sharpened, as if she had seen something… …

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  • 10 sharpen */ — UK [ˈʃɑː(r)pən] / US [ˈʃɑrpən] verb Word forms sharpen : present tense I/you/we/they sharpen he/she/it sharpens present participle sharpening past tense sharpened past participle sharpened 1) [transitive] to make something such as a knife, tool,… …

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  • 11 sharpen — sharp|en [ ʃarpən ] verb * 1. ) transitive to make something such as a knife, tool, or pencil sharp 2. ) sharpen or sharpen up intransitive or transitive to improve or make something improve: The program will give young athletes the chance to… …

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  • 12 sharpen — verb 1 (I, T) to become sharper or make something sharper: Sharpen all your pencils before the test. | The light grew brighter and the shadows sharpened. 2 (T) to make a feeling stronger and more urgent: These latest moves have sharpened fears of …

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  • 13 sharpen — verb Sharpen is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑eye Sharpen is used with these nouns as the object: ↑axe, ↑blade, ↑claw, ↑edge, ↑focus, ↑knife, ↑pencil, ↑reflex, ↑sense, ↑ski …

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  • 14 sharpen — sharp|en [ˈʃa:pən US ˈʃa:r ] v 1.) [I and T] to make something have a sharper edge or point ▪ Anne sharpened her pencil and got out her homework. 2.) [T] to make a feeling stronger and more urgent ▪ A series of attacks have sharpened fears of… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 sharpen up — PHR V ERG If you sharpen something up, or if it sharpens up, it becomes smarter or better than it was. [INFORMAL] [V P n] The fashion designers have sharpened up their act in the last few years... [V P] If he really wants to sell his product, he… …

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  • 16 sharpen up — think carefully, use your intelligence    If I make a mistake, I don t want him telling me to sharpen up …

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  • 17 sharpen — verb 1) sharpen the carving knife Syn: hone, whet, strop, grind, file 2) the players are sharpening their skills Syn: improve, brush up, polish up, better, enhance; hone, fine tune …

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  • 18 sharpen — verb (sharpened; sharpening) Date: 15th century transitive verb to make sharp or sharper; especially hone intransitive verb to become sharp or sharper • sharpener noun …

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  • 19 sharpen — sharpener, n. /shahr peuhn/, v.t., v.i. to make or become sharp or sharper. [1400 50; late ME; see SHARP, EN1] * * * …

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  • 20 sharpen — verb To make sharp Ant: blunt …

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