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Definitions of sharpen

  1. put into focus; as of an image on a screen; "Please focus the image; we cannot enjoy the movie" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. make more acute; as of one's senses; "This drug will sharpen your vision" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. make sharp or sharper of images and sounds Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. become sharp or sharper; "The debate sharpened" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. make sharp or sharper; "We had to sharpen our arguments" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. give a point to; "The candles are tapered" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. raise the pitch of (musical notes) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. make sharp or sharper; "sharpen the knives" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. put (an image) into focus; "Please focus the image; we cannot enjoy the movie" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. make (one's senses) more acute; "This drug will sharpen your vision" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  11. make (images or sounds) sharp or sharper Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. To make sharp. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To give a keen edge or fine point to; to make sharper; as, to sharpen an ax, or the teeth of a saw. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To render more quick or acute in perception; to make more ready or ingenious. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To make more eager; as, to sharpen men's desires. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. To make more pungent and intense; as, to sharpen a pain or disease. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. To make biting, sarcastic, or severe. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. To render more shrill or piercing. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To make more tart or acid; to make sour; as, the rays of the sun sharpen vinegar. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. To raise, as a sound, by means of a sharp; to apply a sharp to. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. To grow or become sharp. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. To make sharp or sharper; give edge or point to; make more acute. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  23. To become sharp. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  24. To make sharp or keen: to give edge or point to: to make pungent or painful: to make severe: to make eager, active, or acute. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  25. To grow sharp. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  26. To make, or grow, sharp. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  27. To make or become sharp. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. To make sharp or keen; to make more eager, pungent, sarcastic, acid, shrill, or distressing. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  29. To make sharp or keen; to render quick or eager; in music, to raise a note a semitone; to make sharp or acid; to become sharp. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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