verb (used with or without object)
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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|DAILY BEAST
But as the civil conflict has sharpened, both sides are employing the renegade sharpshooters.
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|DAILY BEAST
But that lack of concern has been sharpened to a dangerous point, not by Romney himself, but by the missteps of his party.David Frum: Mitt Romney Has Signed Paul Ryan’s Suicide Note|David Frum|January 20, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Some crazy grace—teasing, courage, affection, generosity—sweetened and sharpened lives that were all too hard, short, and bleak.
The operation was also performed with a sharpened Ethiopian stone, called tabona.Curiosities of Medical Experience|J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
These are hardened in the fire, and sharpened, and when so prepared, they will pierce through armour easier than if made of iron.
The bed was searched, but no piece of sharpened wood was found.The Chronicles of Newgate, v. 2/2|Arthur Griffiths
Each paling was the trunk of a tree and it had been sharpened at the top to a wicked point.Plague Ship|Andre Norton
Reginald began to search along the path, while Isabel found a sharpened stick.The Higher Court|Mary Stewart Daggett