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sharp·en

 (shär′pən)
tr. & intr.v. sharp·ened, sharp·en·ing, sharp·ens
To make or become sharp or sharper.

sharp′en·er n.

sharpen

(ˈʃɑːpən)
vb
1. to make or become sharp or sharper
2. (Music, other) music to raise the pitch of (a note), esp by one chromatic semitone. Usual US and Canadian word: sharp
ˈsharpener n

sharp•en

(ˈʃɑr pən)

v.t., v.i.
to make or become sharp or sharper.
[1400–50]
sharp′en•er, n.

sharpen


Past participle: sharpened
Gerund: sharpening

Imperative
sharpen
sharpen
Present
I sharpen
you sharpen
he/she/it sharpens
we sharpen
you sharpen
they sharpen
Preterite
I sharpened
you sharpened
he/she/it sharpened
we sharpened
you sharpened
they sharpened
Present Continuous
I am sharpening
you are sharpening
he/she/it is sharpening
we are sharpening
you are sharpening
they are sharpening
Present Perfect
I have sharpened
you have sharpened
he/she/it has sharpened
we have sharpened
you have sharpened
they have sharpened
Past Continuous
I was sharpening
you were sharpening
he/she/it was sharpening
we were sharpening
you were sharpening
they were sharpening
Past Perfect
I had sharpened
you had sharpened
he/she/it had sharpened
we had sharpened
you had sharpened
they had sharpened
Future
I will sharpen
you will sharpen
he/she/it will sharpen
we will sharpen
you will sharpen
they will sharpen
Future Perfect
I will have sharpened
you will have sharpened
he/she/it will have sharpened
we will have sharpened
you will have sharpened
they will have sharpened
Future Continuous
I will be sharpening
you will be sharpening
he/she/it will be sharpening
we will be sharpening
you will be sharpening
they will be sharpening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been sharpening
you have been sharpening
he/she/it has been sharpening
we have been sharpening
you have been sharpening
they have been sharpening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been sharpening
you will have been sharpening
he/she/it will have been sharpening
we will have been sharpening
you will have been sharpening
they will have been sharpening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been sharpening
you had been sharpening
he/she/it had been sharpening
we had been sharpening
you had been sharpening
they had been sharpening
Conditional
I would sharpen
you would sharpen
he/she/it would sharpen
we would sharpen
you would sharpen
they would sharpen
Past Conditional
I would have sharpened
you would have sharpened
he/she/it would have sharpened
we would have sharpened
you would have sharpened
they would have sharpened
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.sharpen - make sharp or sharper; "sharpen the knives"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
strap - sharpen with a strap; "strap a razor"
edge - provide with an edge; "edge a blade"
strop - sharpen on a strop; "strop razors"
whet - sharpen by rubbing, as on a whetstone
hone - sharpen with a hone; "hone a knife"
blunt, dull - make dull or blunt; "Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge"
2.sharpen - make crisp or more crisp and precise; "We had to sharpen our arguments"
compound, deepen, intensify, heighten - make more intense, stronger, or more marked; "The efforts were intensified", "Her rudeness intensified his dislike for her"; "Pot smokers claim it heightens their awareness"; "This event only deepened my convictions"
3.sharpen - become sharp or sharper; "The debate sharpened"
deepen, intensify - become more intense; "The debate intensified"; "His dislike for raw fish only deepened in Japan"
4.sharpen - put (an image) into focus; "Please focus the image; we cannot enjoy the movie"
adjust, correct, set - alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard; "Adjust the clock, please"; "correct the alignment of the front wheels"
refocus - put again into focus or focus more sharply; "refocus the image until it is very sharp"
5.sharpen - make (images or sounds) sharp or sharper
focus - cause to converge on or toward a central point; "Focus the light on this image"
change intensity - increase or decrease in intensity
soften - make (images or sounds) soft or softer
6.sharpen - raise the pitch of (musical notes)
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
flatten, drop - lower the pitch of (musical notes)
7.sharpen - give a point to; "The candles are tapered"
change form, change shape, deform - assume a different shape or form
acuminate - make sharp or acute; taper; make (something) come to a point
8.sharpen - make (one's senses) more acute; "This drug will sharpen your vision"
compound, deepen, intensify, heighten - make more intense, stronger, or more marked; "The efforts were intensified", "Her rudeness intensified his dislike for her"; "Pot smokers claim it heightens their awareness"; "This event only deepened my convictions"
subtilise, subtilize - make (senses) more keen

sharpen

verb
1. improve, enhance, better, upgrade, hone, brush up, touch up, ameliorate, polish up You can sharpen your skills with rehearsal.
2. make sharp, hone, whet, grind, edge, file, strop, put an edge on He started to sharpen his knife.
3. fuel, fire, stir, arouse, excite, animate, rouse, quicken, inflame, enliven, inspirit The case has sharpened the debate over capital punishment.

sharpen

verb
To give a sharp edge to:
Translations
يَشْحَذ، يَبْري
naostřitořezatostřit
slibespidse
hegyezkihegyez
skerpa, brÿna; ydda
naostriťzastrúhať
brusitišiliti
sivriltmek

sharpen

[ˈʃɑːpən]
A. VT
1. (= make sharp) [+ tool, blade] → afilar; [+ pencil] → sacar punta a, afilar
to sharpen sth to a pointafilar algo hasta sacarle punta
2. (= intensify, increase) [+ reactions] → agudizar; [+ resolve] → aumentar; [+ contrast] → marcar; [+ appetite] → abrir; [+ skills] → mejorar
this will sharpen awareness of other people's needsesto hará que se tome más conciencia de las necesidades de los demás
to sharpen one's witsespabilarse
3. (= make clearer) [+ image] → definir, hacer más nítido
B. VI [voice] → volverse más agudo; [desire] → avivarse; [pain] → agudizarse
sharpen up
A. VT + ADV [+ person] → espabilar
to sharpen up one's actenmendarse
B. VI + ADV [person] → espabilarse

sharpen

[ˈʃɑːrpən] vt
[+ blade, knife, scissors] → aiguiser; [+ pencil] → tailler
[+ feeling] → aviver; [+ appetite] → aiguiser
[+ skills, understanding] → affiner
[+ disagreement] → aviver; [+ difference] → accentuer

sharpen

vt
knifeschleifen, schärfen, wetzen; razorwetzen; pencilspitzen; (fig) appetiteanregen; witsschärfen; sensationerhöhen; to sharpen one’s claws (lit, fig)seine Krallen wetzen
(Mus, by a semitone) → (um einen Halbton) erhöhen; (= raise pitch)höher singen/spielen/stimmen
vi her voice sharpened (in fear, anxiety etc) → ihre Stimme wurde schrill

sharpen

[ˈʃɑːpn] vt
a. (tool, blade) → affilare; (pencil) → temperare
b. (outline) → mettere in risalto, far spiccare; (contrast, difference) → sottolineare, evidenziare; (TV picture) → mettere a fuoco; (conflict) → intensificare; (desire, pain) → acuire; (appetite) → aguzzare, stuzzicare
to sharpen one's wits → aguzzare l'ingegno

sharp

(ʃaːp) adjective
1. having a thin edge that can cut or a point that can pierce. a sharp knife.
2. (of pictures, outlines etc) clear and distinct. the sharp outline of the mountain.
3. (of changes in direction) sudden and quick. a sharp left turn.
4. (of pain etc) keen, acute or intense. He gets a sharp pain after eating.
5. (often with with) severe. Don't be so sharp with the child!; She got a sharp reproach from me.
6. alert. Dogs have sharp ears.
7. shrill and sudden. a sharp cry.
8. of a musical note, raised a semitone; too high in pitch. F sharp; That last note was sharp.
adverb
1. punctually. Come at six (o'clock) sharp.
2. with an abrupt change of direction. Turn sharp left here.
3. at too high a pitch. You're singing sharp.
noun
1. a sharp note. sharps and flats.
2. a sign (#) to show that a note is to be raised a semitone.
ˈsharpen verb
to make or grow sharp. He sharpened his pencil.
ˈsharpener noun
an instrument for sharpening. a pencil-sharpener.
ˈsharply adverb
in a sharp manner. a sharply-pointed piece of glass; The road turned sharply to the left; He rebuked her sharply.
ˈsharpness noun
sharp practice
dishonesty or cheating.
ˌsharp-ˈwitted adjective
intelligent and alert. a sharp-witted boy.
look sharp
to be quick or to hurry. Bring me the books and look sharp (about it)!
References in classic literature ?
As for the tribe itself, it had been content to announce to Montcalm, through his emissaries, with Indian brevity, that their hatchets were dull, and time was necessary to sharpen them.
And the rest of the time you must sharpen up your weapons--you must think out new replies to his objections, and provide yourself with new facts to prove to him the folly of his ways.
I heard him draw a pleasant picture to Zillah of what he would do if he were as strong as I: the inclination is there, and his very weakness will sharpen his wits to find a substitute for strength.
Poor Gub-Gub was dreadfully frightened; and the pushmi-pullyu began to sharpen his horns for a fight by rubbing them on the mast of the ship; while Jip kept springing into the air and barking and calling Ben Ali bad names in dog-language.
Away, seek them out instantly and hark thee, if a byzant or two will sharpen their memory, let them not be wanting.
Perhaps he would be a hero if it were possible for a man to be a hero in this nineteenth century, which will be infamous in history as a time when the greatest advances in the power of man over nature only served to sharpen his greed and make famine its avowed minister.
He is no tree trunk to sharpen thy blunt claws upon.
Then she left them and went down into the palace kitchens, where she told the servants to sharpen the knives, and to make a great fire ready, and hang a large kettleful of water over it.
Van Helsing examines, he tells me, her teeth very carefully, whilst she is in the hypnotic condition, for he says that so long as they do not begin to sharpen there is no active danger of a change in her.
cried Ermak in the madness of his wrath as he strove to sharpen his steel blade upon the enchanted rock.
It was a fine arrangement for Henry Crawford, who was close to Fanny, and with his hands full of business, having two persons' cards to manage as well as his own; for though it was impossible for Fanny not to feel herself mistress of the rules of the game in three minutes, he had yet to inspirit her play, sharpen her avarice, and harden her heart, which, especially in any competition with William, was a work of some difficulty; and as for Lady Bertram, he must continue in charge of all her fame and fortune through the whole evening; and if quick enough to keep her from looking at her cards when the deal began, must direct her in whatever was to be done with them to the end of it.
In short, it appears that this young man is a fire-eater," said Louis, in order to sharpen the sentiment which he mistook for envy.