Significado de “sharpen” - en el Diccionario Inglés

sharpen en inglés británico

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sharpenverb [ T ]

uk /ˈʃɑː.pən/ us /ˈʃɑːr.pən/

sharpen verb [ T ] (ABLE TO CUT)

C2 to make something sharp or sharper:

My pencil is blunt - I'll have to sharpen it.
figurative The company is cutting production costs in an attempt to sharpen its competitive edge (= in order to improve how competitive it is).

Más ejemplos

  • I need to sharpen that knife.
  • She sharpened the blade.
  • He sharpened the edge of the stick to a point.
  • The surgeon sharpened his scalpel.
  • He used to sharpen his razor on a leather strap.

sharpen verb [ T ] (MAKE STRONG)

to make something stronger:

Recent changes have sharpened competition between the airlines.
The prison riots have sharpened the debate about how prisons should be run.

to improve:

I hope this course will help me sharpen my computer skills.
I went to university to sharpen my mind.
We'll need to sharpen our wits if we're going to defeat Jack's team.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definición de sharpen del Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

sharpen en inglés americano

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sharpenverb [ T ]

us /ˈʃɑr·pən/

sharpen verb [ T ] (MAKE STRONGER)

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.

sharpen verb [ T ] (MAKE CLEARER)

to make something clearer:

Turn the knob to sharpen the focus of the slide projector.

sharpen verb [ T ] (MAKE SHARP)

to make something sharp or sharper:

We just had these knives/scissors sharpened.
He sharpened his pencil (= made the end used for writing come to a point).

(Definición de sharpen del Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)