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Synonyms for sharpen
ˈʃɑr pən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sharpen(verb)

    make sharp or sharper

    "sharpen the knives"

    focus, focalize, taper, focalise, heighten, point

    dull, soften, flatten, blunt, drop

  2. sharpen(verb)

    make crisp or more crisp and precise

    "We had to sharpen our arguments"

    focus, focalize, taper, focalise, heighten, point

    dull, drop, soften, blunt, flatten

  3. sharpen(verb)

    become sharp or sharper

    "The debate sharpened"

    focus, focalize, taper, focalise, heighten, point

    soften, blunt, flatten, dull, drop

  4. focus, focalize, focalise, sharpen(verb)

    put (an image) into focus

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

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

    flatten, dull, blunt, soften, drop

  5. sharpen(verb)

    make (images or sounds) sharp or sharper

    focus, focalize, taper, focalise, heighten, point

    flatten, soften, drop, dull, blunt

  6. sharpen(verb)

    raise the pitch of (musical notes)

    focus, focalize, taper, focalise, heighten, point

    soften, drop, flatten, blunt, dull

  7. sharpen, taper, point(verb)

    give a point to

    "The candles are tapered"

    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

    dull, drop, flatten, blunt, soften

  8. sharpen, heighten(verb)

    make (one's senses) more acute

    "This drug will sharpen your vision"

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

    drop, blunt, soften, flatten, dull


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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sharpen(v. a.)

    edge, give an edge to, make keen

  2. sharpen(v. a.)

    make eager

  3. sharpen(v. a.)

    sharp, make shrill

  4. sharpen(v. a.)

    intensify, make more intense

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. sharpen(v)

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "sharpen":

    refine, fine-tune, whet, hone, refocus

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  1. Anuj Somany:

    Only in motivational story, the timber merchant boss will give the woodcutter the relaxing and learning time to sharpen his axe and increase the productivity; but in cruel business world, the boss will screw him up if the number of cutting trees decreases. Be practical not theoretical.

  2. North Korea:

    The North Korea Foreign Ministry and South Korean authorities remain outwardly talkative about dialogue. But when they sit back, they sharpen a sword to do us harm, if this is what they call' creative approach.

  3. Alexander Zverev:

    I'm young, so I might as well stay on court and practise a little bit, it's the best, a five-set match. It is the first time Alexander Zverev has reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam and Alexander Zverev will face Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem, who beat Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-2 6-0 5-7 6-4. Nishikori took his only break point opportunity to claim the third set but Thiem, twice Roland Garros semi-finalist, regained control in the fourth. Former champion Novak Djokovic never looked in trouble as he booked a 12th quarter-final appearance in Paris with a 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco. French Open runner-up Madison Keys advanced to the last eight without dropping a set, defeating Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-1 6-4. Up next for Keys is Kazakh Yulia Putintseva, who upset 26th seed Czech Barbora Strycova 6-4 6-3. American Stephens sprinted past Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-2 6-0 to set up a potential semi-final meeting with Keys, whom Anett Kontaveit beat in last year's U.S. Open final. Highlights from day eight( all times GMT :. Play was suspended due to fading light, with Russian Daria Kasatkina leading 7-6( 5) 3-3 against second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki. Zverev's days of living dangerously go on. Roland Garros ready for' legendary' match against Zverev in Paris. Djokovic tames Verdasco to reach last eight. Italian Cecchinato upsets Goffin to reach last eight. American Stephens and Keys on collision course after overcoming French Open hump. Alexander Zverev rocks on by living on the edge. Keys enjoys Sunday stroll into French quarters. Djokovic douses Verdasco fire, unhappy with courts. Impressive Thiem downs Nishikori to set up Alexander Zverev clash. Serena and Sharapova ready to sharpen the edge. Impressive Putintseva stuns Czech Barbora Strycova 6-4 6-3 to reach Paris quarters. Italian Marco Cecchinato, who had never won a Grand Slam match before this week, beat eighth-seeded Belgian David Goffin 7-5 4-6 6-0 6-3 to reach Grand Slam first major quarter-final. At world number 72, Marco Cecchinato becomes the lowest-ranked man to reach the last eight in Paris since Latvian Ernests Gulbis( ranked 80) in 2008. He will next face 2016 champion Novak Djokovic for a place in the final four.

  4. Christian Poll:

    (The sculpture) is a symbol of the need to hold on to the climate deal we made in Paris. We need to keep working on climate solutions, sharpen our goals and make more initiatives to convert to sustainable energy.

  5. Confucius:

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

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