|1.||[ verb ] make sharp or sharper|
"We had to sharpen our arguments"
|2.||[ verb ] become sharp or sharper|
"The debate sharpened"
|3.||[ verb ] make sharp or sharper|
"sharpen the knives"
|Related terms:||dull change strop whet hone strap edge sharpener|
|4.||[ verb ] put into focus; as of an image on a screen|
|Synonyms:||focalise focalize focus|
"Please focus the image we cannot enjoy the movie"
|Related terms:||blur adjust pin_down refocus focus_on focus focalization focus|
|5.||[ verb ] make sharp or sharper of images and sounds|
|Related terms:||soften change_intensity focus|
|6.||[ verb ] give a point to|
"The candles are tapered"
|Related terms:||change_shape acuminate taper_off taper_off point taper taper|
|7.||[ verb ] (music) raise the pitch of (musical notes)|
|Related terms:||flatten change music|
|8.||[ verb ] make more acute; as of one's senses|
"This drug will sharpen your vision"
|Related terms:||intensify subtilize|