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whetverb

uk   us   /wet/ (-tt-)
  • whet verb (INTEREST)

whet sb's appetite to ​increase someone's ​interest in and ​wish for something, usually by giving them a ​smallexperience 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 ​similartool: He whetted his ​knife against the ​stone.
(Definition of whet from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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