verb (used with or without object)
Examples from the Web for sharpen
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|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
She speaks in thick paragraphs that her staffers probably wish they could condense and sharpen at times.Could a Pro-Pot Lesbian Become the Next Governor of Maryland?|Jim Newell|March 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He said no more, but seated himself and began to sharpen his seax on a smooth, hard stone.Ulric the Jarl|William O. Stoddard
Here is a love-billet from some simpleton, with a knife as a souvenir; sharpen it on the Arbicos.Under Two Flags|Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
The three Indians at once undertook not only to put handles to the hammers, but to sharpen the stones intended for axeheads.The Wanderers|W.H.G. Kingston
Indeed, the grand and only use of examples, is to sharpen the judgement.The Critique of Pure Reason|Immanuel Kant
The heat seems to sharpen their desires and morbidly arouse all their senses.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)|Havelock Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for sharpen
Word Origin and History for sharpen
1520s, "bring to an edge or point," from sharp (adj.) + -en (1). Related: Sharpened; sharpening. Old English verb scearpian meant "to score, scarify;" cf. scearpung "scarifying." To sharpen (one's) pencil "prepare to get to work" is from 1957, American English.