sharpen

[shahr-puh n]
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verb (used with or without object)

to make or become sharp or sharper.

Nearby words

  1. sharp-witted,
  2. sharpbender,
  3. sharpbill,
  4. sharpe,
  5. sharpe's grysbok,
  6. sharpener,
  7. sharper,
  8. sharpeville,
  9. sharpey-schafer,
  10. sharpie

Origin of sharpen

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

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British Dictionary definitions for sharpener

sharpen

verb

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 Formssharpener, noun

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Word Origin and History for sharpener
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