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Meaning of SHARPEN

Pronunciation:  'shârpun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  put into focus; as of an image on a screen; "Please focus the image; we cannot enjoy the movie"
  2. [v]  become sharp or sharper; "The debate sharpened"
  3. [v]  make sharp or sharper; "We had to sharpen our arguments"
  4. [v]  make more acute; as of one's senses; "This drug will sharpen your vision"
  5. [v]  give a point to; "The candles are tapered"
  6. [v]  raise the pitch of (musical notes)
  7. [v]  make sharp or sharper; "sharpen the knives"
  8. [v]  make sharp or sharper of images and sounds

SHARPEN is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: focalise, focalize, focus, point, taper
 Antonyms: blear, blunt, blur, drop, dull, flatten, soften
 See Also: acuminate, adjust, alter, alter, center, center on, change, change, change form, change intensity, change shape, compound, concentrate on, deepen, deform, edge, fizzle, fizzle out, focus, focus on, heighten, hone, intensify, narrow down, peter out, pin down, refocus, revolve about, revolve around, set, sharpen, strap, strop, subtilise, subtilize, taper off, whet



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sharp"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sarpened}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Sharpening}.] [See {Sharp}, a.]
    To make sharp. Specifically:
    (a) To give a keen edge or fine point to; to make sharper;
        as, to sharpen an ax, or the teeth of a saw.
    (b) To render more quick or acute in perception; to make more
        ready or ingenious.
              The air . . . sharpened his visual ray To objects
              distant far.                         --Milton.
              He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and
              sharpens our skill.                  --Burke.
    (c) To make more eager; as, to sharpen men's desires.
              Epicurean cooks Sharpen with cloyless sauce his
              appetite.                            --Shak.
    (d) To make more pungent and intense; as, to sharpen a pain
        or disease.
    (e) To make biting, sarcastic, or severe. ``Sharpen each
        word.'' --E. Smith.
    (f) To render more shrill or piercing.
              Inclosures not only preserve sound, but increase
              and sharpen it.                      --Bacon.
    (g) To make more tart or acid; to make sour; as, the rays of
        the sun sharpen vinegar.
    (h) (Mus.) To raise, as a sound, by means of a sharp; to
        apply a sharp to.
  2. \Sharp"en\, v. i.
    To grow or become sharp.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: To sharpen an object in your dream, suggests that you need to flexible in your thinking. Sometimes you need to adapt or yield to the requests of others. Consider the overall picture instead of just thinking about yourself.