- sharp·en·er, noun
- pre·sharp·en, verb (used with object)
- re·sharp·en, verb
- un·sharp·ened, adjective
- un·sharp·en·ing, adjective
- well-sharpened, adjective
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How to use sharpen in a sentence
Your best bet is sending knives made from more exotic blade steels off to their makers for sharpening by their in-house specialists.Three Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Knife | Wes Siler | September 3, 2020 | Outside Online
Small bone artifacts with sharpened tips unearthed in a Sri Lankan cave represent the earliest evidence of bow-and-arrow use outside Africa, says a team led by archaeologist Michelle Langley of Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.Clues to the earliest known bow-and-arrow hunting outside Africa have been found | Bruce Bower | June 12, 2020 | Science News
These people left behind small, sharpened stones with pointed ends.This cave hosted the oldest known human remains in Europe | Bruce Bower | June 12, 2020 | Science News For Students
This will give you the feeling of “going to class” and help sharpen your focus.
Despite a dizzying number of women coming forward against her husband, Camille Cosby refuses to sharpen her blade of vengeance.
It took practice for Hayes to sharpen his show, Riding the Midnight Express with Billy Hayes.The Unbelievable (True) Story of the World’s Most Infamous Hash Smuggler | Marlow Stern | November 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And while technology can help sharpen the brain and calm the nerves, true mental health is much more holistic.
Our feeble attempts to push back the Grim Reaper only sharpen its cruel bite, not dull it.
You live, acquire wisdom, sharpen your own awareness, and pursue your understanding of a good and meaningful life.He Left Nirvana Because He Had Cooler Things to Do. Like Going to Iraq. | Jacob Siegel | April 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
To do this it is necessary to slightly flatten all the fifths and sharpen the major thirds.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building | George Laing Miller
Mr. Blossom drew a jackknife from his pocket and began leisurely to sharpen a pencil.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
Raf faced the misty figure, trying to force his memory to put features there, to sharpen outlines.Star Born | Andre Norton
His calm, classic features began to whiten (and sharpen) in the frosty moonlight.Over the Sliprails | Henry Lawson
The subtleties of the trail sharpen both physical and mental sensibility.Average Jones | Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for sharpen
to make or become sharp or sharper
music to raise the pitch of (a note), esp by one chromatic semitone: Usual US and Canadian word: sharp
- sharpener, noun
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