sharpen

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From Middle English scharpenen, scharpnen, equivalent to sharp +‎ -en.

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sharpen (third-person singular simple present sharpens, present participle sharpening, simple past and past participle sharpened)

  1. (transitive, sometimes figuratively) To make sharp.
    to sharpen a pencil or a knife or a musical note
  2. (intransitive) To become sharp.

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