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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"

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

    Antonyms:
    dull, soften, flatten, blunt, drop

  2. sharpen(verb)

    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. sharpen(verb)

    become sharp or sharper

    "The debate sharpened"

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

    Antonyms:
    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"

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

    Antonyms:
    flatten, dull, blunt, soften, drop

  5. sharpen(verb)

    make (images or sounds) sharp or sharper

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

    Antonyms:
    flatten, soften, drop, dull, blunt

  6. sharpen(verb)

    raise the pitch of (musical notes)

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

    Antonyms:
    soften, drop, flatten, blunt, dull

  7. sharpen, taper, point(verb)

    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, heighten(verb)

    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

Wiktionary

  1. sharpen(verb)

    Antonyms:
    blunt

  2. sharpen(verb)

    To make sharp

    Antonyms:
    blunt

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sharpen(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    edge, give an edge to, make keen

  2. sharpen(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    make eager

  3. sharpen(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    sharp, make shrill

  4. sharpen(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    intensify, make more intense

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

refine, fine-tune, whet, hone, refocus

How to use sharpen in a sentence?

  1. Ungad Chadda:

    It allows us to sharpen our focus.

  2. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Great habits sharpen our thoughts and make us great.

  3. Peter Ustinov:

    Parents are the bones on which children sharpen their teeth.

  4. Oscar Levant:

    The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.

  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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