hone

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
  1. verb
    sharpen with a hone
    hone a knife”
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    types:
    set
    give a fine, sharp edge to a knife or razor
    type of:
    sharpen
    make sharp or sharper
  2. verb
    refine or make more perfect or effective
    synonyms: perfect
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    types:
    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
  3. noun
    a whetstone made of fine gritstone; used for sharpening razors
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    type of:
    whetstone
    a flat stone for sharpening edged tools or knives
Commonly confused words

hone / home

To hone is to sharpen a knife or perfect a skill. Home is where you live, where your stuff is, is where the heart is, and all that.

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