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Definition 1: become sharp or sharper - [verb of change]

Samples where sharpen or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The debate sharpened

(sharpen is a kind of ...) become more intense

"The debate intensified" "His dislike for raw fish only deepened in Japan"

Definition 2: make crisp or more crisp and precise - [verb of change]

Samples where sharpen or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We had to sharpen our arguments

(sharpen is a kind of ...) make more intense, stronger, or more marked

"The efforts were intensified" "Her rudeness intensified his dislike for her" "Pot smokers claim it heightens their awareness" "This event only deepened my convictions"

(sharpen causes ...) become sharp or sharper

"The debate sharpened"

Definition 3: raise the pitch of (musical notes) - [verb of change]

(sharpen is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(sharpen belongs to category ...) an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

Definition 4: put (an image) into focus - [verb of change]

Samples where sharpen or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Please focus the image; we cannot enjoy the movie

Synonyms for sharpen in the sense of this definition

(sharpen is a kind of ...) alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard

"Adjust the clock, please" "correct the alignment of the front wheels"

(... is a kind of sharpen ) put again into focus or focus more sharply

"refocus the image until it is very sharp"

(sharpen causes ...) become focussed or come into focus

"The light focused"

Definition 5: make (one's senses) more acute - [verb of change]

Samples where sharpen or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This drug will sharpen your vision

Synonyms for sharpen in the sense of this definition

(sharpen is a kind of ...) make more intense, stronger, or more marked

"The efforts were intensified" "Her rudeness intensified his dislike for her" "Pot smokers claim it heightens their awareness" "This event only deepened my convictions"

(... is a kind of sharpen ) make (senses) more keen

Definition 6: give a point to - [verb of change]

Samples where sharpen or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The candles are tapered

Synonyms for sharpen in the sense of this definition

(sharpen is a kind of ...) assume a different shape or form

(... is a kind of sharpen ) make sharp or acute; taper; make (something) come to a point

Definition 7: make sharp or sharper - [verb of contact]

Samples where sharpen or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • sharpen the knives

(sharpen is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(... is a kind of sharpen ) sharpen with a strap

"strap a razor"

(... is a kind of sharpen ) provide with an edge

"edge a blade"

(... is a kind of sharpen ) sharpen on a strop

"strop razors"

(... is a kind of sharpen ) sharpen by rubbing, as on a whetstone

(... is a kind of sharpen ) sharpen with a hone

"hone a knife"

Definition 8: make (images or sounds) sharp or sharper - [verb of perception]

(sharpen is a kind of ...) increase or decrease in intensity

(... is a kind of sharpen ) cause to converge on or toward a central point

"Focus the light on this image"

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