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sharpen

verb

1 sharpen

Make sharp or sharper.

Roget 173: be violent etc. adj.; run high; ferment, effervesce; romp, rampage, go on a rampage; run wild, run amuck, run riot; break the peace; rush, ... show more

Roget 824: excite, affect, touch, move, impress, strike, interest, animate, inspire, impassion, smite, infect; stir the blood, fire the blood, ... show more

Roget 171: give energy etc. n.; energize, stimulate, kindle, excite, exert; sharpen, intensify; inflame etc. (render violent) 173; ... show more

Roget 375: be sensible of etc. adj.; feel, perceive.    render sensible etc. adj.; sharpen, cultivate, tutor.    cause sensation, impress; excite an impression, ... show more



2 sharpen

Make crisp or more crisp and precise.

3 sharpen

Become sharp or sharper.

4 sharpen

Put (an image) into focus.

synonyms: focalise, focalize, focus.

Dutch: focussen

5 sharpen

Make (images or sounds) sharp or sharper.

6 sharpen

Raise the pitch of (musical notes).

7 sharpen

Give a point to.

synonyms: point, taper.

Roget 253: be sharp etc. adj.; taper to a point; bristle with.    render sharp etc. adj.; sharpen, point, aculeate, whet, barb, spiculate, ... show more

8 sharpen

Make (one's senses) more acute:
— This drug will sharpen your vision.

synonym: heighten.


Moby thesaurus: accelerate, aculeate, acuminate, agent provocateur, aggravate, amplify, animate, annoy, augment, barb, beef up, blow up, build up, complicate, concentrate, condense, consolidate, cultivate, cuspidate, deepen ... show more.

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