sharpen

sharpen
I
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To make keen]
Syn. grind, file, hone, put an edge on, grind to a fine edge, hone to a razor edge, make sharp, make acute, whet, strop, give an edge to, put a point on, give a fine point to.
Ant. flatten*, thicken, turn.
2. [To make more exact]
Syn. focus, bring into focus, intensify, make clear, make clearer, clarify, outline distinctly, make more distinct.
Ant. confuse*, cloud, obscure.
II
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
hone, edge, whet, strop, file, grind, taper.
ANT.: blunt, dull, round off
III
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To give a sharp edge to: acuminate, edge, hone1, whet. See SHARP.

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