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



Definition of hone (Entry 2 of 3)


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for hone

Synonyms: Verb (1)

Antonyms: Verb (1)

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Examples of hone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For the past few months, the post office and its windows have been helping adults hone a trade. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 15 July 2021 Guardiola has helped to hone John Stones as a refined, cultured defender. New York Times, 5 July 2021 The coronavirus shutdown wiped out a year’s worth of races, games and matches in every sport, robbing athletes of chances to hone their competitive edge. Los Angeles Times, 4 July 2021 The Shakers, a tiny breakaway sect from British Quakerism who took root in America almost 250 years ago, might have been the first to hone austerity into an art form. BostonGlobe.com, 25 June 2021 While there are areas of his game that Green needs to hone — handle, playmaking and defense — the comparisons to bouncy Zach LaVine are tough to ignore. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 25 June 2021 The contraction and otherwise standard mid-cycle refresh seem to have allowed Jag to hone the XF without getting bogged down in an overly complex portfolio. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 7 June 2021 In the ring, performers paired off to hone the evening’s choreography. Dan Greene, The New Yorker, 24 May 2021 Working to hone her telepresence, Gilman learned about rhythm and timing while on air. Rosie Colosi, NBC News, 30 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of hone

Verb (1)

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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The first known use of hone was in the 14th century

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26 Jul 2021

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“Hone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hone. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for hone


\ 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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