[ shahr-puh n ]
/ ˈʃɑr pən /

verb (used with or without object)

to make or become sharp or sharper.

Origin of sharpen

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at sharp, -en1

OTHER WORDS FROM sharpen Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sharpened

/ (ˈʃɑːpən) /


to make or become sharp or sharper
music to raise the pitch of (a note), esp by one chromatic semitoneUsual US and Canadian word: sharp

Derived forms of sharpen

sharpener, noun
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