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English definition of “whet”

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.
(Definition of whet from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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