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Definition of “sharp” - Learner’s Dictionary

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]
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