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sharpen

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verb sharp·en \ˈshär-pən\

Simple Definition of sharpen

  • : to make (something) sharp or sharper

  • : to make (something) clearer or more distinct

  • : to become clearer or more distinct

Full Definition of sharpen

sharp·enedsharp·en·ing play \ˈshärp-niŋ, ˈshär-pə-\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make sharp or sharper; especially :  hone

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become sharp or sharper

sharp·en·er play \ˈshärp-nər, ˈshär-pə-\ noun

Examples of sharpen

  1. Can you sharpen the image?

  2. The lecture sharpened my understanding of the topic.

  3. The outlines of the mountains sharpened as we got closer.



15th Century

First Known Use of sharpen

15th century

Rhymes with sharpen




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