- 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
The only problem was that when one of these trees reached the end of its natural life, bacteria and fungal spores got ready to decompose it, sharpening their knives.Why Birds Can Fly Over Mount Everest - Issue 94: Evolving | Walter Murch | December 30, 2020 | Nautilus
That edge was sharpened early, when he and future Celtics teammate Bill Russell won 55 straight games and two NCAA championships playing for the University of San Francisco.K.C. Jones was a winner everywhere he went, including his time coaching the Bullets | George Solomon | December 26, 2020 | Washington Post
It has further sharpened existing inequalities and brought about major challenges for how we physically live and work together.Future Cities: New Challenges Mean We Need to Reimagine the Look of Urban Landscapes | Nick Dunn | December 18, 2020 | Singularity Hub
There won’t be that conversation without tension, conflict, but it sharpens us, and it makes us stronger.
Paul’s sphere of influence continues to expand as he sharpens his eye for win-win deals.NBA free agency winners and losers: A tough weekend for the Wizards and Knicks | Ben Golliver | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
The 1983 downing of KAL 007 sharpened American tensions with the Soviet Union to heights not seen since the Cuban missile crisis.The Intern Who Birthed The KAL007 Conspiracy Theories | Tim Mak | September 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But as the civil conflict has sharpened, both sides are employing the renegade sharpshooters.
In terms of addressing veteran unemployment, Obama has evidently sharpened his focus in recent months.
But time and experience have mellowed the 54-year-old Oldman and sharpened his acting.‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’: Oscar Nominees Gary Oldman and Peter Straughan | Lorenza Muñoz | February 15, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
This further sharpened the divide within the Republican Party.Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and GOP Rivals’ Ferocious Battle in Nevada Caucus | Ben Jacobs | February 2, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The conflict in Tom's puzzled heart sharpened that evening into dreadful edges that cut him mercilessly whichever way he turned.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
The sharpened faculties have something of a lawyer's quickness in detecting a flaw in the indictment.Children's Ways | James Sully
In spite of her sharpened wits, Mrs. Kaye smiled radiantly into Isabel's guileless eyes.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
At the head they insert a bamboo knot, with its point well sharpened into two edges.
She ran her finger along the edge of the instrument—Gilbert, when at home, used to keep it nicely sharpened for her use.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
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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