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sharpen

sharp·en

sharpen

 
 
pronunciation:
shar pn
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part of speech: verb
inflections: sharpened, sharpening, sharpens
definition: to make or become sharp.
He sharpened the knife with a special stone.
antonyms:
blunt, dull
similar words:
grind
derivation: sharpener (n.)
Word Parts
The word sharpen contains the following part:
-en1 Old English verb-forming suffix that means to cause to be or become or have
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The suffix -en1 forms verbs from monosyllabic English adjectives.