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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Verb (1)

honer noun

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New Yorker writer Malcom Gladwell asserts that 10,000 hours of playing time in their early years gave The Beatles an exceptional advantage in letting the band members hone their individual techniques into a collective sound. Mark Orttung, Quartz at Work, "Why you should hire fewer geniuses," 30 July 2019 De Blasio, Rothenberg said, is doing test-runs of his opening and closing remarks, running drills and honing responses to specific candidates. NBC News, "What 2020 Democrats learned from their first debate and how some are sharpening their attacks for the second," 30 July 2019 Here, the work ethic is honed, character is developed and resilience is essential. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Arizona to name practice fields after legendary Wildcats football coach Dick Tomey," 26 July 2019 Jean-Marc was actually on break at the time, but the entire producing team asked him come in and hone the episodes. Stacey Wilson Hunt, Fortune, "HBO Explains the ‘Big Little Lies’ Controversy—Sort Of," 24 July 2019 Even Pininfarina’s lead development driver carries over: Nick Heidfield, who drove for the Formula E racing team for the last three years, is in charge of honing the experience behind the wheel. Brett Berk, WIRED, "How Formula E Racing Makes Electric Cars Faster, Smarter, Funner," 20 July 2019 The comedian’s signature yell-shout cadence, honed to such perfection in Difficult People and Billy on the Street, seemingly finds its apex in the body of a weird little meerkat. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The Lion King remake isn’t a better movie, but it did a few things better than the original.," 17 July 2019 But — with more time to evolve and hone his music — LeBlanc could build on his influences to develop a distinct sound of his own. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dylan LeBlanc, at 29, steeped in ‘70s singer-songwriter traditions," 11 July 2019 The group sought added information where needed and honed the list in the course of four virtual meetings. Mariette Dichristina, Scientific American, "Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2019: Introduction," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

New Yorker writer Malcom Gladwell asserts that 10,000 hours of playing time in their early years gave The Beatles an exceptional advantage in letting the band members hone their individual techniques into a collective sound. Mark Orttung, Quartz at Work, "Why you should hire fewer geniuses," 30 July 2019 De Blasio, Rothenberg said, is doing test-runs of his opening and closing remarks, running drills and honing responses to specific candidates. NBC News, "What 2020 Democrats learned from their first debate and how some are sharpening their attacks for the second," 30 July 2019 Here, the work ethic is honed, character is developed and resilience is essential. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Arizona to name practice fields after legendary Wildcats football coach Dick Tomey," 26 July 2019 Jean-Marc was actually on break at the time, but the entire producing team asked him come in and hone the episodes. Stacey Wilson Hunt, Fortune, "HBO Explains the ‘Big Little Lies’ Controversy—Sort Of," 24 July 2019 Even Pininfarina’s lead development driver carries over: Nick Heidfield, who drove for the Formula E racing team for the last three years, is in charge of honing the experience behind the wheel. Brett Berk, WIRED, "How Formula E Racing Makes Electric Cars Faster, Smarter, Funner," 20 July 2019 The comedian’s signature yell-shout cadence, honed to such perfection in Difficult People and Billy on the Street, seemingly finds its apex in the body of a weird little meerkat. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The Lion King remake isn’t a better movie, but it did a few things better than the original.," 17 July 2019 The series follows a half-mortal, half-witch named Sabrina who's honing her power at the Academy of Unseen Arts. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "12 Shows Like "Stranger Things" You Should Make Your Next Binge-Watch," 12 July 2019 But — with more time to evolve and hone his music — LeBlanc could build on his influences to develop a distinct sound of his own. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dylan LeBlanc, at 29, steeped in ‘70s singer-songwriter traditions," 11 July 2019

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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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