sharpen

Definitions of sharpen
  1. verb
    make sharp or sharper
    sharpen the knives”
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    Antonyms:
    blunt, dull
    make dull or blunt
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    strap
    sharpen with a strap
    edge
    provide with an edge
    strop
    sharpen on a strop
    whet
    sharpen by rubbing, as on a whetstone
    hone
    sharpen with a hone
    set
    give a fine, sharp edge to a knife or razor
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  2. verb
    make crisp or more crisp and precise
    “We had to sharpen our arguments”
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    type of:
    compound, deepen, heighten, intensify
    make more intense, stronger, or more marked
  3. verb
    become sharp or sharper
    “The debate sharpened
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    type of:
    deepen, intensify
    become more intense
  4. verb
    give a point to
    synonyms: point, taper
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    types:
    acuminate
    make sharp or acute; taper; make (something) come to a point
    type of:
    change form, change shape, deform
    assume a different shape or form
  5. verb
    make (one's senses) more acute
    synonyms: heighten
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    types:
    subtilise, subtilize
    make (senses) more keen
    type of:
    compound, deepen, heighten, intensify
    make more intense, stronger, or more marked
  6. verb
    put (an image) into focus
    synonyms: focalise, focalize, focus
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    Antonyms:
    blear, blur
    make dim or indistinct
    types:
    refocus
    put again into focus or focus more sharply
    type of:
    adjust, correct, set
    alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard
  7. verb
    make (images or sounds) sharp or sharper
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    Antonyms:
    soften
    make (images or sounds) soft or softer
    types:
    focus
    cause to converge on or toward a central point
    refocus
    focus once again; The physicist refocused the light beam"
    type of:
    change intensity
    increase or decrease in intensity
  8. verb
    raise the pitch of (musical notes)
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    Antonyms:
    drop, flatten
    lower the pitch of (musical notes)
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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