sharpen

sharpen
[[t]ʃɑ͟ː(r)pən[/t]]
sharpens, sharpening, sharpened
1) V-ERG If your senses, understanding, or skills sharpen or are sharpened, you become better at noticing things, thinking, or doing something.

Her gaze sharpened, as if she had seen something unusual...

[V n] You can sharpen your skills with rehearsal.

2) VERB If you sharpen an object, you make its edge very thin or you make its end pointed.

[V n] He started to sharpen his knife.

[V-ed] ...sharpened pencils.

3) V-ERG If disagreements or differences between people sharpen, or if they are sharpened, they become bigger or more important.

The difference has sharpened during this recession, as men have lost jobs faster than women...

[V n] The case of Harris has sharpened the debate over capital punishment.

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  • Sharpen — Sharp en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sarpened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sharpening}.] [See {Sharp}, a.] To make sharp. Specifically: (a) To give a keen edge or fine point to; to make sharper; as, to sharpen an ax, or the teeth of a saw. (b) To render more… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sharpen up — [phrasal verb] : to become better, smarter, more skillful, etc. You d better sharpen up if you want to keep your job. • • • Main Entry: ↑sharpen …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sharpen — Sharp en, v. i. To grow or become sharp. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sharpen — index enhance, intensify Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • sharpen — 1520s, from SHARP (Cf. sharp) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Related: Sharpened; sharpening …   Etymology dictionary

  • sharpen — [v] make knifelike acuminate, dress, edge, file, grind, hone, make acute, make sharp, put an edge on, put a point on, sharp, stroke, strop, taper, whet; concepts 137,250 Ant. blunt, dull …   New thesaurus

  • sharpen — ► VERB ▪ make or become sharp. DERIVATIVES sharpener noun …   English terms dictionary

  • sharpen — [shär′pən] vt., vi. to make or become sharp or sharper sharpener n …   English World dictionary

  • sharpen */ — UK [ˈʃɑː(r)pən] / US [ˈʃɑrpən] verb Word forms sharpen : present tense I/you/we/they sharpen he/she/it sharpens present participle sharpening past tense sharpened past participle sharpened 1) [transitive] to make something such as a knife, tool,… …   English dictionary

  • sharpen — sharp|en [ ʃarpən ] verb * 1. ) transitive to make something such as a knife, tool, or pencil sharp 2. ) sharpen or sharpen up intransitive or transitive to improve or make something improve: The program will give young athletes the chance to… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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