The verb hone means to sharpen skills. When you practice shooting baskets every day after school, you are honing your skills as a basketball player.

Hone, the verb, literally means to sharpen with a hone, a whetstone used to sharpen cutting tools. Use hone to describe someone working hard, perfecting or sharpening skills, as in "She is honing her skills as an actress by working in community theater." Hone, which rhymes with phone, is from the Old English word, han, meaning "stone, rock."

Definitions of hone

v sharpen with a hone

hone a knife”
give a fine, sharp edge to a knife or razor
Type of:
make sharp or sharper

v refine or make more perfect or effective

optimise, optimize
make optimal; get the most out of; use best
brush up, burnish, polish, polish up, round, round off
bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state
Type of:
ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
make better

n a whetstone made of fine gritstone; used for sharpening razors

Type of:
a flat stone for sharpening edged tools or knives

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