Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “sharpen”

sharpen

verb [T] (MAKE STRONGER)   /ˈʃɑr·pən/
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 .
(Definition of sharpen verb (MAKE STRONGER) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of sharpen

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Sharp and blunt, but you might be interested in these topics from the Cutting and joining topic area:

More American English definitions for “sharpen”

Definitions of “sharpen” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

amicable

relating to behaviour between people that is pleasant and friendly, often despite a difficult situation

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More