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

Examples of hone in a Sentence

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Nearby, Puntxo in Plaza de las Salesas treats guests to family recipes honed over generations; go with a crowd and order tapas for the table. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Plan a Summer Stay in Salesas, Madrid’s Smallest Neighborhood," 25 May 2019 Immelt was an accomplished presenter, his ability to navigate a deck of PowerPoint slides honed over the decades. Thomas Gryta And Ted Mann, WSJ, "GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out," 14 Dec. 2018 Executive pastry chef Robert Bennett, who honed his skills over 14 years at Le Bec-Fin before taking the helm at Classic, also makes coconut macaroons for the holiday. Allison Steele, Philly.com, "Chocolate cake without flour for Passover," 27 Mar. 2018 Having honed his game over dozens of rounds at Torrey Pines in his youth, Michael Kim has certainly allowed himself to imagine waking up on a Sunday morning in his hometown in contention. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Not a dream: Torrey Pines' Michael Kim in contention in hometown," 27 Jan. 2018 The remaining 10 who qualified to get on the debate stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami are honing their notes. Kathy Laskowski, sun-sentinel.com, "5 things to watch in Thursday’s Democratic debate in Miami," 27 June 2019 Christians unearth the innate lying talent of little kids and hone it like a razor. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "Marmalade Sky," 24 June 2019 His promotion from Triple-A Albuquerque comes after the Rockies demoted Jeff Hoffman (1-3, 6.75 ERA in seven starts) on Sunday and as opening day starter Kyle Freeland continues to re-hone his stuff in Triple-A. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez to make Rockies debut Tuesday in San Francisco," 24 June 2019 Listening to their stories really help inspire, hone down, and shave off unnecessary fluff to be more focused and accelerate the pathway to success. Lily Shaw, Twin Cities, "Startup Showcase: Minivan’s necessity drove this mom to invention," 16 June 2019

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Theirs is a legacy honed by players like Julie Foudy and Michelle Akers and Brandi Chastain, a generation ago. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "World Cup statement by Rapinoe and US women heard loud and clear," 28 June 2019 Might wolves improve at ambushing prey over their lifetimes, their tactics honed by years of practice? Ben Goldfarb, National Geographic, "The secret lives of fish-eating, beaver-ambushing wolves of Minnesota," 21 June 2019 Nearby, Puntxo in Plaza de las Salesas treats guests to family recipes honed over generations; go with a crowd and order tapas for the table. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Plan a Summer Stay in Salesas, Madrid’s Smallest Neighborhood," 25 May 2019 The scholars program, which began in 2015, helps midcareer professionals hone their leadership abilities through interactions with former presidents and other officials. Washington Post, "Bush, Clinton celebrate those in their leadership program," 28 June 2019 Christians unearth the innate lying talent of little kids and hone it like a razor. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "Marmalade Sky," 24 June 2019 Silence is a trait Vermonters have honed to a fine art. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "A Closer Look at Rockwell’s Four Freedoms," 22 June 2019 For her efforts, Pearre, who honed her skills playing for the M&D Lacrosse Club, was selected to participate in the 2019 Under Armour All-America Girls Lacrosse Game later this month at Johns Hopkins. Rich Scherr, baltimoresun.com, "2019 All-Metro girls lacrosse Player of the Year: Blair Pearre, McDonogh," 20 June 2019 Anyone even slightly familiar with Wolverine’s origin knows that, though born a mutant, he was honed into a living weapon by shadowy government agents. Christian Holub, EW.com, "The secret connection between Wolverine and Captain America will be revealed in new Marvel comic," 14 June 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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