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sharpen

verb [T]  us   /ˈʃɑr·pən/

sharpen verb [T] (MAKE STRONGER)

to make something stronger, or to improve something: The dollar’s decline in value sharpened fears of another recession. I’m taking a course that should help me sharpen my computer skills.

sharpen verb [T] (MAKE CLEARER)

to make something clearer: Turn the knob to sharpen the focus of the slide projector.

sharpen verb [T] (MAKE SHARP)

to make something sharp or sharper: We just had these knives/scissors sharpened. He sharpened his pencil (= made the end used for writing come to a point).
Translations of “sharpen”
in Korean 날카롭게 하다…
in Arabic يَشْحَذ…
in Portuguese afiar…
in Catalan esmolar…
in Japanese (刃物など)をとぐ, 鋭くする…
in Italian affilare, appuntire…
in Chinese (Traditional) 能切斷, 使變尖, 使鋒利…
in Russian точить…
in Turkish bilemek, keskinleştirmek, sivriltmek…
in Chinese (Simplified) 能切断, 使变尖, 使锋利…
in Polish ostrzyć…
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