What is another word for sharpen?

Synonyms for sharpen
ˈʃɑr pənsharp·en

This thesaurus page is about all possible synonyms, equivalent, same meaning and similar words for the term sharpen.

Wiktionary

  1. sharpenverb

    Antonyms:
    blunt

  2. sharpenverb

    Antonyms:
    blunt

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sharpenverb

    make sharp or sharper

    "sharpen the knives"

    Synonyms:
    focus, focalize, taper, focalise, heighten, point

    Antonyms:
    dull, soften, flatten, blunt, drop

  2. sharpenverb

    make crisp or more crisp and precise

    "We had to sharpen our arguments"

    Synonyms:
    focus, focalize, taper, focalise, heighten, point

    Antonyms:
    dull, drop, soften, blunt, flatten

  3. sharpenverb

    become sharp or sharper

    "The debate sharpened"

    Synonyms:
    focus, focalize, taper, focalise, heighten, point

    Antonyms:
    soften, blunt, flatten, dull, drop

  4. focus, focalize, focalise, sharpenverb

    put (an image) into focus

    "Please focus the image; we cannot enjoy the movie"

    Synonyms:
    center, rivet, concentrate, localise, localize, centre, focalise, concentre, taper, point, pore, focalize, focus, heighten, concenter

    Antonyms:
    flatten, dull, blunt, soften, drop

  5. sharpenverb

    make (images or sounds) sharp or sharper

    Synonyms:
    focus, focalize, taper, focalise, heighten, point

    Antonyms:
    flatten, soften, drop, dull, blunt

  6. sharpenverb

    raise the pitch of (musical notes)

    Synonyms:
    focus, focalize, taper, focalise, heighten, point

    Antonyms:
    soften, drop, flatten, blunt, dull

  7. sharpen, taper, pointverb

    give a point to

    "The candles are tapered"

    Synonyms:
    manoeuvre, manoeuver, focus, head, bespeak, indicate, aim, betoken, maneuver, place, taper, luff, designate, guide, repoint, heighten, focalise, direct, channelize, focalize, point, charge, channelise, target, steer, signal, level, orient, show

    Antonyms:
    dull, drop, flatten, blunt, soften

  8. sharpen, heightenverb

    make (one's senses) more acute

    "This drug will sharpen your vision"

    Synonyms:
    taper, enhance, compound, rise, focalise, point, heighten, raise, focalize, focus, intensify, deepen

    Antonyms:
    drop, blunt, soften, flatten, dull

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sharpenverb

    Synonyms:
    edge, give an edge to, make keen

  2. sharpenverb

    Synonyms:
    make eager

  3. sharpenverb

    Synonyms:
    sharp, make shrill

  4. sharpenverb

    Synonyms:
    intensify, make more intense

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. sharpenverb

    Synonyms:
    intensify, aggravate, quicken, hone, grind, point, whet

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "sharpen":

    refine, fine-tune, whet, hone, refocus

How to pronounce sharpen?

How to say sharpen in sign language?

Words popularity by usage frequency

rankingword
#216center
#268show
#316place
#342guide
#364level
#438point
#692head
#783direct
#824centre
#1230focus
#1453charge
#1584target
#2383signal
#2703rise
#2751aim
#3159indicate
#3400enhance
#3551raise
#5397refine
#6470compound
#9196concentrate
#13120designate
#14515orient
#16778steer
#22615taper
#22682pore
#23550maneuver
#28390hone
#29346deepen
#30449sharpen
#31764intensify
#34909rivet
#46689localize
#46777heighten
#53434manoeuvre
#56775whet
#58468refocus
#69871luff
#185833localise
#187481bespeak
#325999repoint

How to use sharpen in a sentence?

  1. Brad Anderson:

    Clearly they are ready to sharpen their contrasts on issues with each other, the debate is going to be enormously important given all the undecideds we are seeing in polls.

  2. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Great habits sharpen our thoughts and make us great.

  3. Walter Savage Landor:

    Heat and animosity, contest and conflict, may sharpen the wits, although they rarely do; they never strengthen the understanding, clear the perspicacity, guide the judgment, or improve the heart.

  4. Canopy Growth co-CEO Bruce Linton:

    As soon as you hear the name Martha Stewart, you know exactly who we're talking about, martha Stewart is one of a kind and I am so excited to be able to work alongside this icon to sharpen our CBD product offerings.

  5. Ungad Chadda:

    It allows us to sharpen our focus.


Translations for sharpen

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for sharpen »

Translation

Find a translation for the sharpen synonym in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Citation

Use the citation below to add these synonyms to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"sharpen." Synonyms.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 1 Dec. 2022. <https://www.synonyms.com/synonym/sharpen>.

Discuss these sharpen synonyms with the community:

0 Comments

    Are we missing a good synonym for sharpen?

    Image or illustration of

    sharpen

    Credit »

    Browse Synonyms.com

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant synonyms for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant synonyms for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Quiz

    Are you a human thesaurus?

    »
    A synonym for "drooping"
    • A. upright
    • B. sagging
    • C. erect
    • D. tense

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for sharpen: