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Meaning & Definition of Sharpen in English

English

Sharpen

/ʃɑrpən/

verb

1. Make sharp or sharper

  • "Sharpen the knives"
    synonym:
  • sharpen

2. Make crisp or more crisp and precise

  • "We had to sharpen our arguments"
    synonym:
  • sharpen

3. Become sharp or sharper

  • "The debate sharpened"
    synonym:
  • sharpen

4. Put (an image) into focus

  • "Please focus the image
  • We cannot enjoy the movie"
    synonym:
  • focus
  • ,
  • focalize
  • ,
  • focalise
  • ,
  • sharpen

5. Make (images or sounds) sharp or sharper

    synonym:
  • sharpen

6. Raise the pitch of (musical notes)

    synonym:
  • sharpen

7. Give a point to

  • "The candles are tapered"
    synonym:
  • sharpen
  • ,
  • taper
  • ,
  • point

8. Make (one's senses) more acute

  • "This drug will sharpen your vision"
    synonym:
  • sharpen
  • ,
  • heighten