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sharp

adjective     /ʃɑːp/
ABLE TO CUT B1 having a very thin or pointed edge that can cut things: a sharp knife sharp claws/teethSharp and blunt
a sharp rise/increase/drop, etc B2 a sudden and very large increase or reduction in somethingNot expected or plannedBecoming biggerEnlarging and inflatingBecoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong
a sharp contrast/difference/distinction, etc a very big and noticeable difference between two thingsDifferent and difference
QUICK B2 quick to notice and understand things: a sharp mindPerceptiveUsing the eyesIntelligence
a sharp pain a sudden, short, strong painPain and painful
SEVERE severe and not gentle: sharp criticism She can be a bit sharp with people sometimes.Severe
a sharp bend/turn, etc a sudden large change in the direction you are travellingChanging direction
SOUR A sharp taste is slightly sour.Flavours and tastes
CLEAR A sharp image is very clear: a photograph in sharp focusApparent and obviousVisible
a sharp wit the ability to say things that are funny and cleverHumour and humorousIntelligencePerceptive
a sharp tongue If you have a sharp tongue, you often upset people by saying unkind things to them.InconsiderateSelfishnessBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot saying muchNot being friendly
FASHIONABLE If a piece of clothing or a style is sharp, it is fashionable and tidy: young men in sharp suitsThe style, appearance, and make-up of clothes
C sharp/F sharp, etc the musical note that is between the note C, F, etc and the note above itNotes of the musical scale
TOO HIGH A sharp musical note sounds unpleasant because it is slightly higher than it should be.Notes of the musical scale
sharply adverb sharpness noun [U]
(Definition of sharp adjective from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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