verb sharp·en \ˈshär-pən\
: to make (something) sharp or sharper
: to make (something) clearer or more distinct
: to become clearer or more distinct
sharp·enedsharp·en·ing \ˈshärp-niŋ, ˈshär-pə-\
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Examples of SHARPEN
- Can you sharpen the image?
- The lecture sharpened my understanding of the topic.
- The outlines of the mountains sharpened as we got closer.
First Known Use of SHARPEN
: to make or become sharp or sharper <I sharpened the pencil's point.>
— sharp·en·er noun