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whet

 (wĕt, hwĕt)
tr.v. whet·ted, whet·ting, whets
1. To sharpen (a knife, for example); hone.
2. To make more keen; stimulate: The frying bacon whetted my appetite.
n.
Something that whets the appetite or desire.

[Middle English whetten, from Old English hwettan.]
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whet

(wɛt)
vb (tr) , whets, whetting or whetted
1. (General Engineering) to sharpen, as by grinding or friction
2. to increase or enhance (the appetite, desire, etc); stimulate
n
3. (General Engineering) the act of whetting
4. a person or thing that whets
[Old English hwettan; related to hvæt sharp, Old High German hwezzen, Old Norse hvetja, Gothic hvatjan]
ˈwhetter n
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whet

(ʰwɛt, wɛt)

v. whet•ted, whet•ting,
n. v.t.
1. to sharpen (a knife, tool, etc.) by grinding or friction.
2. to make keen or eager; stimulate: to whet the appetite; to whet the curiosity.
n.
3. the act of whetting.
4. something that whets; stimulus, esp. an appetizer or drink.
[before 900; Old English hwettan (derivative of hwæt bold); c. Old High German hwazzan, Old Norse hvetja to sharpen, Gothic gahwatjan to entice]
whet′ter, n.
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whet


Past participle: whetted
Gerund: whetting

Imperative
whet
whet
Present
I whet
you whet
he/she/it whets
we whet
you whet
they whet
Preterite
I whetted
you whetted
he/she/it whetted
we whetted
you whetted
they whetted
Present Continuous
I am whetting
you are whetting
he/she/it is whetting
we are whetting
you are whetting
they are whetting
Present Perfect
I have whetted
you have whetted
he/she/it has whetted
we have whetted
you have whetted
they have whetted
Past Continuous
I was whetting
you were whetting
he/she/it was whetting
we were whetting
you were whetting
they were whetting
Past Perfect
I had whetted
you had whetted
he/she/it had whetted
we had whetted
you had whetted
they had whetted
Future
I will whet
you will whet
he/she/it will whet
we will whet
you will whet
they will whet
Future Perfect
I will have whetted
you will have whetted
he/she/it will have whetted
we will have whetted
you will have whetted
they will have whetted
Future Continuous
I will be whetting
you will be whetting
he/she/it will be whetting
we will be whetting
you will be whetting
they will be whetting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been whetting
you have been whetting
he/she/it has been whetting
we have been whetting
you have been whetting
they have been whetting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been whetting
you will have been whetting
he/she/it will have been whetting
we will have been whetting
you will have been whetting
they will have been whetting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been whetting
you had been whetting
he/she/it had been whetting
we had been whetting
you had been whetting
they had been whetting
Conditional
I would whet
you would whet
he/she/it would whet
we would whet
you would whet
they would whet
Past Conditional
I would have whetted
you would have whetted
he/she/it would have whetted
we would have whetted
you would have whetted
they would have whetted
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.whet - make keen or more acute; "whet my appetite"
excite, stir, stimulate - stir feelings in; "stimulate my appetite"; "excite the audience"; "stir emotions"
2.whet - sharpen by rubbing, as on a whetstonewhet - sharpen by rubbing, as on a whetstone
sharpen - make sharp or sharper; "sharpen the knives"
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whet

verb stimulate, increase, excite, stir, enhance, provoke, arouse, awaken, animate, rouse, quicken, incite, kindle, pique a delicious aroma which whetted our appetites
stimulate depress, dull, suppress, blunt, subdue, stifle, numb, smother, dampen, deaden
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whet

verb
To give a sharp edge to:
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Translations
يُثير شَهِيَّةيَشْحَذ، يَسِن
hvæsseslibe
étvágyat csinálköszörülmegköszörül
brÿna, skerpaörva, skerpa
galąstigaląstuvassužadinti
rosinātuzasinātuztrīt
nabrúsiť
bilemekheveslendirmekiştahını kabartmak

whet

[wet] VT [+ tool] → afilar, amolar; [+ appetite, curiosity] → estimular, despertar
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whet

hwɛt] vt [+ appetite] → aiguiser
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whet

vt knife, scythewetzen; axeschleifen, schärfen; appetite, curiosityanregen
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whet

[wɛt] vt (tool) → affilare; (appetite, curiosity) → stuzzicare
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whet

(wet) past tense, past participle ˈwhetted verb
1. to sharpen (a tool) by rubbing it on a grindstone or whetstone.
2. to make (one's appetite) keen.
ˈwhetstone noun
a stone for sharpening the blades of knives etc.
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I was watching to see where he kept his razor, when lo and behold, he takes the harpoon from the bed corner, slips out the long wooden stock, unsheathes the head, whets it a little on his boot, and striding up to the bit of mirror against the wall, begins a vigorous scraping, or rather harpooning of his cheeks.
With these words he moved the heart of Aeneas, and he went in pursuit of Idomeneus, big with great deeds of valour; but Idomeneus was not to be thus daunted as though he were a mere child; he held his ground as a wild boar at bay upon the mountains, who abides the coming of a great crowd of men in some lonely place--the bristles stand upright on his back, his eyes flash fire, and he whets his tusks in his eagerness to defend himself against hounds and men--even so did famed Idomeneus hold his ground and budge not at the coming of Aeneas.
Then he would put it on the stone again and whet, whet, whet, till I could have laughed aloud, it was so very ludicrous.
These fragments of nourishment served only to whet my hunger.
Maurice Huret in his famous article gave an outline of Charles Strickland's life which was well calculated to whet the appetites of the inquiring.
They wonder why I am not ready to abet and whet their wisdom: as if they had not yet enough of wiseacres, whose voices grate on mine ear like slate- pencils!
In this depressed state of the classical market, Mrs Jarley made extraordinary efforts to stimulate the popular taste, and whet the popular curiosity.
Conspicuous among these latter, like an animated bit of the spiked wall of Newgate, Jerry stood: aiming at the prisoner the beery breath of a whet he had taken as he came along, and discharging it to mingle with the waves of other beer, and gin, and tea, and coffee, and what not, that flowed at him, and already broke upon the great windows behind him in an impure mist and rain.