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hone

verb [T] uk   /həʊn/ us    /hoʊn/

hone verb [T] (MAKE SHARP)

to make an object sharp: The bone had been honed to a point.

hone verb [T] (MAKE PERFECT)

to make something perfect or completely suitable for its purpose: His physique was honed to perfection. Her debating skills were honed in the students' union.
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