sharpen

verb sharp·en \ ˈshär-pən \
|Updated on: 6 Aug 2018

Definition of sharpen

sharpened; sharpening play \ˈshärp-niŋ, ˈshär-pə-\
: to make sharp or sharper; especially : hone
: to become sharp or sharper

sharpener

play \ˈshärp-nər, ˈshär-pə-\ noun

Examples of sharpen in a Sentence

  1. Can you sharpen the image?

  2. The lecture sharpened my understanding of the topic.

  3. The outlines of the mountains sharpened as we got closer.

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First Known Use of sharpen

15th century

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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sharpen Synonyms

Synonyms

edge, grind, hone, strop, whet;

Antonyms

blunt, dull;

Near Antonyms

buff, burnish, gloss, polish, round, smooth;

Related Words

file;



SHARPEN Defined for English Language Learners

sharpen

Definition of sharpen for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) sharp or sharper

  • : to make (something) clearer or more distinct

  • : to become clearer or more distinct


SHARPEN Defined for Kids

sharpen

verb sharp·en \ ˈshär-pən \

Definition of sharpen for Students

sharpened; sharpening
: to make or become sharp or sharper I sharpened the pencil's point.

sharpener

noun


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