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English verb: sharpen

1. sharpen (contact) make sharp or sharper


SamplesSharpen the knives.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)edge, hone, strap, strop, whet


Antonymsblunt, dull

2. sharpen (change) make crisp or more crisp and precise


SamplesWe had to sharpen our arguments.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)compound, deepen, heighten, intensify


Causesharpen

3. sharpen (change) become sharp or sharper


SamplesThe debate sharpened.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)deepen, intensify

4. sharpen (change) put (an image) into focus


SamplesPlease focus the image; we cannot enjoy the movie.


Synonymsfocalise, focalize, focus


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)adjust, correct, set


Narrower (hyponym)refocus


Causefocalise, focalize, focus


Antonymsblear, blur

5. sharpen (perception) make (images or sounds) sharp or sharper


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change intensity


Narrower (hyponym)focus


Antonymssoften

6. sharpen (change) raise the pitch of (musical notes)


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Domain categorymusic


Antonymsflatten, drop

7. sharpen (change) give a point to


SamplesThe candles are tapered.


Synonymspoint, taper


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change form, change shape, deform


Narrower (hyponym)acuminate

8. sharpen (change) make (one's senses) more acute


SamplesThis drug will sharpen your vision.


Synonymsheighten


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)compound, deepen, heighten, intensify


Narrower (hyponym)subtilise, subtilize









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