hone

verb (1)
\ˈhōn \
honed; honing

Definition of hone 

(Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to sharpen or smooth with a whetstone

2 : to make more acute, intense, or effective : whet helped her hone her comic timing— Patricia Bosworth

hone

noun

Definition of hone (Entry 2 of 3)

hone

verb (2)
honed; honing

Definition of hone (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 dialect : yearn often used with for or after

2 dialect : grumble, moan

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Verb (1)

honer noun

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The progress highlights a public-private conservation model honed by African Parks, whose expanding operations across the continent are likely to get more attention with Britain's Prince Harry as the group's president. Christopher Torchia, Fox News, "Backed by Prince Harry, conservation group expands in Africa," 7 July 2018 The progress highlights a public-private conservation model honed by African Parks, whose expanding operations across the continent are likely to get more attention with Britain’s Prince Harry as the group’s president. Washington Post, "Backed by Prince Harry, conservation group expands in Africa," 7 July 2018 These are standard North Korean shakedown techniques, honed to perfection by three generations of regime negotiators. Nicholas Eberstadt, WSJ, "With Kim Jong Un, There’s No ‘Win-Win’," 23 May 2018 His conducting was very much in the same vein – loose and sparing – honed to the essentials especially by his 14 seasons as music director of the Boston Pops Orchestra. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "John Williams explores galaxies far and near in enjoyable CSO program of his film music," 27 Apr. 2018 Another longtime observer, writer Gail Sheehy, attributes her difficulties with the truth to a defense mechanism honed over years of fending off attacks on her and her husband. Jocelyn Noveck, Town & Country, "Why Is Hillary Clinton Still So Hard to Define?," 25 July 2016 Of course, football is a business, and the Blues board are well within their rights to hoard and hone Europe's top talents, before selling them on for a profit. SI.com, "Why Chelsea's Plan to Loan Out England Star Ruben Loftus-Cheek Proves How Out of Touch the Board Are," 5 July 2018 Those who want to practice and hone their skills can perform on a once-monthly Dumpster Divas talent competition on Saturdays. Melissa Kravitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Drag Show in the U.S. Is at an Alaskan Dive Bar," 13 June 2018 Since 1988, Impro Theatre (formerly Los Angeles Theatresports) has honed a narrative style distinct from more familiar sketch comedy formats. Philip Brandes, latimes.com, "The 99-Seat Beat: French Stewart, 'Pinocchio' reimagined and 'Dorothy Parker UnScripted'," 11 May 2018

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President Donald Trump considers himself a master showman, having honed the ability to build suspense over 14 seasons of reality television, a convention-shattering presidential campaign and nearly 18 months in office. Brian Bennett, Time, "How President Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Could Change the U.S.," 10 July 2018 The club team founded by Curtis Jackman 31 years ago helped Rollins hone her abilities, first as a sprinter, then as a hurdler. Matt Case, BostonGlobe.com, "Boosted by local clubs, young runners getting a leg up on life," 22 June 2018 But some students find that engaging with liberal ideas hones their own viewpoints. Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, "At college decision time, conservatives face tough choices," 23 Apr. 2018 As music festivals have become overwhelmingly corporatized and have honed their ability to extract cash from young and old folks alike, the festival-going experience has become homogenous. Jonny Coleman, Los Angeles Magazine, "Why the Hell Can’t Hollywood Make a Decent Music Festival Movie?," 11 Apr. 2018 JumpStart, one of the competition's lead backers, in partnership with the Ohio Third Frontier, helped finalists hone their pitches for presentations to a panel of professional investors. Marcia Pledger, cleveland.com, "Young entrepreneurs to make pitches for $50K in prizes during Morgenthaler-Pavey competition," 14 Mar. 2018 After making his first two spring appearances in simulated games on the facility’s back fields, working his pitch count into the 60s while honing the feel for his pitches — Tillman’s struggles against the Minnesota Twins today can’t be understated. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman has wild spring training debut," 13 Mar. 2018 The progress highlights a public-private conservation model honed by African Parks, whose expanding operations across the continent are likely to get more attention with Britain’s Prince Harry as the group’s president. Washington Post, "Backed by Prince Harry, conservation group expands in Africa," 7 July 2018 Schon — who honed his melodic, expressive style as an aficionado of blues and soul — thinks his old band mate would be an ideal partner for an R&B-style project. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit still has open arms for Journey as band arrives with Def Leppard," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of hone

Verb (1)

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hone

Verb (1)

see hone entry 2

Noun

Middle English, from Old English hān stone; akin to Old Norse hein whetstone, Latin cot-, cos, Sanskrit śiśāti he whets

Verb (2)

Middle French hoigner to grumble

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hone

verb
\ˈhōn \
honed; honing

Kids Definition of hone

: to sharpen with or as if with a fine abrasive stone

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