aiguiser

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French aguisier, from Vulgar Latin *acutiāre, present active infinitive of *acūtiō, from Latin acūtus, the past participle of acuō. Compare Catalan agusar, Italian aguzzare, Occitan agusar, Portuguese aguçar, Spanish aguzar. The initial -ai- can probably be explained through a hypothetical proto-French or late Vulgar Latin intermediate form *ayguydzar(e), from assimilation of the palatal approximant in the second syllable of an earlier *aguydzare. In this hypothesis, the Old French form aguisier may be due to influence from agu (cf. aigu).

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aiguiser

  1. to sharpen (of a point, to make sharper)
  2. to hone (e.g. a skill)
  3. to whet

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