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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sharpen

sharpenedsharpening 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

sharpener play \ˈshärp-nər, ˈshär-pə-\ noun

Examples of sharpen in a sentence

  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



SHARPEN Defined for Kids

sharpen

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verb sharp·en \ˈshär-pən\

Definition of sharpen for Students

sharpenedsharpening

  1. :  to make or become sharp or sharper <I sharpened the pencil's point.>

sharpener noun




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