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whet

verb uk   /wet/ (-tt-) us  

whet verb (INTEREST)

whet sb's appetite to increase someone's interest in and wish for something, usually by giving them a small experience of it: I've read an excerpt of the book on the Web and it's whetted my appetite. That one kiss had whetted his appetite.

whet verb (SHARPEN)

[T] old use to sharpen the blade of a knife or similar tool: He whetted his knife against the stone.
Translations of “whet”
in Spanish afilar, despertar, abrir…
in French aiguiser…
in German wetzen, anregen…
in Chinese (Traditional) 興趣…
in Chinese (Simplified) 兴趣…
(Definition of whet from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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