hone

verb (1)
\ ˈhōn How to pronounce hone (audio) \
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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Other Words from hone

Verb (1)

honer noun

Examples of hone in a Sentence

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Restaurant chefs, especially those who work over live fire, spend hours honing their skills. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 Colby has always been crafty and is able to hone her sewing skills with the Preppy Pony. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Farmington, Avon Businesses Partner For New Line Of Products," 19 June 2018 Historically, cheerleading has been a passion project for women looking to both hone their dance skills and serve their communities and country. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "A Classic American Cheerleading Troupe Tumbles to Smithsonian Immortality," 1 Mar. 2018 The mathematical integration of physics is better honed. Geoff Fox, Slate Magazine, "Why Are We So Bad at Predicting How Much Snow We’ll Get?," 3 Jan. 2018 While jewelry designer can sometimes feel like the latest trendy job (what documentary filmmaker was 10 years ago, and what doula is now to a certain sect), Irene has been honing her craft for the past 20 years. Jenni Konner, ELLE Decor, "Jewelry Designer Irene Neuwirth Takes Us Inside Her Eclectic Los Angeles Home," 13 July 2018 Teenagers test the waters of independence by flying farther and farther away from the nest, developing their own identities and honing their craft as professional liars. Illyanna Maisonet, SFChronicle.com, "Bacalaitos as familial memory and penance," 5 July 2018 And where the other events are carefully honed disciplines with a minimum of interference in their specific lanes, massive upsets are rare. USA TODAY, "Forget speedskating tradition. Here's the mad mass start!," 1 Feb. 2018 One such contender is Carmen Rivera, 26, who honed her skills at The Row and Alexander Wang before teaming up with her mother’s college roommate, Dalia Stiller, a Puerto Rican architect with a problem. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Introducing Usonia, a New Post-Philo Dress Label Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright," 1 Feb. 2019

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Someone with Instagram-flawless contouring might have honed her craft using the finest from the drugstore aisles, and the utterly makeup-free type might be spending thousands on laser treatments and serums. Glamour, "I'm a Director at Target, and I Spend $10,418 a Year on My Beauty Routine," 13 Mar. 2019 Blake has been honing this strategy since season one. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "‘The Voice’ Coach Blake Shelton Has a Quirky Habit That Everyone's Talking About," 5 Mar. 2019 Plus, Meghan had already been honing her public speaking skills before jetting off to the other side of the world. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How Meghan Markle Is Preparing for Her First Marathon Royal Tour," 4 Oct. 2018 That compares with the three weeks spent earlier honing a list of tariffs covering just $34 billion in goods, with $16 billion added a month later. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Trump Announces New Tariffs on Chinese Imports," 18 Sep. 2018 While jewelry designer can sometimes feel like the latest trendy job (what documentary filmmaker was 10 years ago, and what doula is now to a certain sect), Irene has been honing her craft for the past 20 years. Jenni Konner, ELLE Decor, "Jewelry Designer Irene Neuwirth Takes Us Inside Her Eclectic Los Angeles Home," 13 July 2018 Armed with dozens of patents, the startup has been honing its baked-on-the-way method since 2016 with a pizza delivery operation in Silicon Valley. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Pizza startup to license baked-on-the-way trucks to restaurants," 25 Apr. 2018 But Ruiz remained focused and honed her craft: Writing, performing, producing, connecting, hustling, and believing in herself. Jasmin Hernandez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nomi Ruiz on Making Art That Means Something," 17 Jan. 2019 Don has spent the last few decades honing an extraordinary theory about the nature of reality. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality?," 2 Oct. 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

Noun and Verb (1)

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 How to pronounce hone (audio) \
honed; honing

Kids Definition of hone

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

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