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sharpadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /ʃɑrp/
having a ​thinedge or ​point that can ​cut something: a sharp ​blade/​knife She put a sharp ​point on the ​pencil.
sudden and ​immediatelynoticeable: a sharp ​drop in ​temperature a sharp ​increase in ​prices There’s a sharp ​curve in the ​road up ​ahead.
stronglyfelt: As he ​leaned over, he ​felt a ​sudden, sharp ​pain in his ​lower back. This ​sauce is ​pretty sharp (= It has a ​strongtaste).
intended to be ​strong enough to be ​felt as ​painful: The ​candidatedelivered a sharp ​attack on her opponent’s ​votingrecord. Leonard has a sharp ​tongue (= often ​speaks in a ​severe and ​critical way).
easy to ​see or ​understand; ​clear: High-definition ​televisionproduces a very sharp ​picture. Sales this ​month were up, in sharp ​contrast to the ​dismalsales of the last few ​months.
able to ​understand or ​seequickly and ​easily: She has a really sharp ​mind and a ​greatsense of ​humor.
infml fashionable: a sharp ​dresser
sharpness
noun [U]  us   /ˈʃɑrp·nəs/

sharpadjective, adverb [-er/-est only]

 us   /ʃɑrp/
music higher in ​pitch than a ​particularnote or the ​correctnote

sharpadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ʃɑrp/
exactly at the ​statedtime: The ​tourbus will ​leave at 8:30 a.m. sharp.

sharpnoun [C]

 us   /ʃɑrp/
  • sharp noun [C] (MUSIC)

music a ​mark in written ​musicshowing that a ​note should be ​played a ​halfstephigher:
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"sharp" in British English

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sharpadjective

uk   /ʃɑːp/  us   /ʃɑːrp/
  • sharp adjective (ABLE TO CUT)

B1 having a ​thinedge or ​point that can ​cut something or make a ​hole in something: a ​knife with a sharp ​edge/​blade. sharp ​teeth/​claws/​fingernails The ​point of this ​pencil isn't sharp enough.
C2 producing or ​describing a ​quick, ​strongpain that makes you ​feel like you have been ​cut: She ​nudged me with a sharp ​elbow, to ​tell me to be ​quiet. I have this sharp pain in my ​chest, ​doctor.
used to ​describe a ​part of someone's ​face that is very ​pointed: a ​thinface with a sharp ​nose
If someone is sharp or makes a sharp ​statement, they ​speak or ​act in a ​severe and ​angry way that can ​hurt other ​people: He was a little sharp with me when I ​asked him to ​help. The ​proposals came in for some sharp criticism.

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  • sharp adjective (SUDDEN)

B2 happeningsuddenly, ​quickly, and ​strongly: a sharp ​drop in ​temperature a sharp ​decline in the ​standard of ​living a sharp rise/​increase in the ​number of ​cases of the ​disease a sharp bend in the ​road to ​suffer a sharp blow to the ​head

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  • sharp adjective (TASTE)

sour in ​taste: Lemons have a sharp taste. This ​cheese is ​rather sharp.
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  • sharp adjective (CLEAR)

C1 clear; ​easy to ​see or ​understand: This TV gives a very sharp ​picture. The ​mountainsstood in sharpcontrast to the ​bluesky. There is a sharp distinction between crimes which ​involveinjury to ​people and those that don't. It was a sharp reminder of how ​dangerous the ​world can be.
  • sharp adjective (CLEVER)

B2 mainly approving intelligent or ​quick to ​notice things: Birdwatchers need to have sharp ​ears and ​eyes. She has a sharp ​eye for a ​bargain. Our new ​director is very sharp. She ​manages to ​combine a sharp mind/​intellect with a ​sympatheticmanner. He was a man of sharp wit/sharp-witted man who always ​spoke his ​mind. The ​play was ​full of sharp ​one-liners.US He may be ​old but he's still as sharp as a ​tack.
  • sharp adjective (FASHIONABLE)

informal fashionable: Tony is a very sharp ​dresser. a sharp-​suitedbusinessexecutive
sharpness
noun [U] uk   /ˈʃɑːp.nəs/  us   /ˈʃɑːrp.nəs/
She has a ​remarkable sharpness ofmind. the sharpness of a ​photograph/​image

sharpadverb

uk   /ʃɑːp/  us   /ʃɑːrp/

sharpadjective, adverb

uk   /ʃɑːp/  us   /ʃɑːrp/
higher than the ​correct or ​statedmusicalnote: The E ​string on my ​guitar is a ​bit sharp. This ​concerto is in the ​key of C sharp (= the set of ​musicalnotes a semitonehigher than the one ​based on the ​note C). to ​sing sharp

sharpnoun [C]

uk   /ʃɑːp/  us   /ʃɑːrp/
(Definition of sharp from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sharp" in Business English

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sharpadjective

uk   us   /ʃɑːp/
a sharp ​change is sudden and very noticeable: a sharp rise/increase in sth Analysts expect a sharp ​rise in ​coreinflation to 2.7%. The decision is likely to ​mean a sharp ​increase in ​regulatoryfeespaid by ​companiesregistered as ​sponsors.a sharp drop/decline/fall in sth There has been a sharp ​decline in the ​standard of ​living. Builders faced a sharp ​drop in ​constructionspending in November.
showing ​intelligence and excellent ​judgement: The two are very sharp ​businessmen who have seen their ​propertybusinessmove from ​handling small-scale ​officedevelopments to ​schemestotaling €800 million. She is known in the ​media as a sharp and incisive thinker.
sharp ​language is severe and angry: The CEO's ​proposals came in for some sharp criticism.be sharp with sb He was sharp with me when I ​asked him to ​help. Gomez's ​businesspractices came under sharp attack at the Senate ​hearing.
in sharp contrast (to sth)
in a way that is clearly ​recognized as different to something else: Sales were particularly ​strong last month, in sharp contrast to its ​maincompetitors.
(Definition of sharp from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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