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sharpen

[shahr-puh n] /ˈʃɑr pən/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to make or become sharp or sharper.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see sharp, -en1
Related forms
sharpener, noun
presharpen, verb (used with object)
resharpen, verb
unsharpened, adjective
unsharpening, adjective
well-sharpened, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for re-sharpen

sharpen

/ˈʃɑːpən/
verb
1.
to make or become sharp or sharper
2.
(music) to raise the pitch of (a note), esp by one chromatic semitone Usual US and Canadian word sharp
Derived Forms
sharpener, noun
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Word Origin and History for re-sharpen

sharpen

v.

1520s, "bring to an edge or point," from sharp (adj.) + -en (1). Related: Sharpened; sharpening. Old English verb scearpian meant "to score, scarify;" cf. scearpung "scarifying." To sharpen (one's) pencil "prepare to get to work" is from 1957, American English.

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