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Definition of Sharpen


  1. To make sharp.
  2. To give a keen edge or fine point to; to make sharper; as, to sharpen an ax, or the teeth of a saw.
  3. To render more quick or acute in perception; to make more ready or ingenious.
  4. To make more eager; as, to sharpen men's desires.
  5. To make more pungent and intense; as, to sharpen a pain or disease.
  6. To make biting, sarcastic, or severe.
  7. To render more shrill or piercing.
  8. To make more tart or acid; to make sour; as, the rays of the sun sharpen vinegar.
  9. To raise, as a sound, by means of a sharp; to apply a sharp to.
  10. To grow or become sharp.

Sharpen Quotations

The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.

God has been faithful time and again to surround me with people that sharpen me and that make me better.

About the use of language: it is impossible to sharpen a pencil with a blunt axe. It is equally vain to try to do it with ten blunt axes instead.
Edsger Dijkstra

I am not fearless. I get scared plenty. But I have also learned how to channel that emotion to sharpen me.
Bear Grylls

Intuition is the key to everything, in painting, filmmaking, business - everything. I think you could have an intellectual ability, but if you can sharpen your intuition, which they say is emotion and intellect joining together, then a knowingness occurs.
David Lynch
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Sharpen Translations

sharpen in Dutch is aanzetten, scherpen, slijpen
sharpen in Italian is acuire, trascinare
sharpen in Spanish is afilar, aguzar
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