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sharpen

US [ˈʃɑrpən]
UK [ˈʃɑː(r)pən]
  • v.(使)变得锋利;(使感觉或感情)加强;使尖锐;使明朗
  • Web锐化;削尖;磨快
Simple Present:sharpens  Present Participle:sharpening  Past Tense:sharpened  
Sharpen
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v.
1.
[t][i]
~ (sth)
(使)变得锋利,变得清晰to make sth sharper; to become sharper
This knife needs sharpening.
这把刀需要磨了。
The outline of the trees sharpened as it grew lighter.
随着天色转亮,树的轮廓变得清晰了。
2.
[i][t]
~ (sth)
(使感觉或感情)加强,加重,变得更明显if a sense or feelingsharpens or sthsharpens it, it becomes stronger and/or clearer
The sea air sharpened our appetites.
海上的空气增进了我们的食欲。
3.
[t]
~ sth
使尖锐;使明朗to make a disagreement between people, or an issue on which people disagree, clearer and more likely to produce a result
There is a need to sharpen the focus of the discussion.
有必要使讨论的焦点更加集中。
4.
[i][t]
(使)提高,改善to become or make sth better, more skilful, more effective, etc. than before
He needs to sharpen up before the Olympic trials.
在奥运会选拔赛之前,他需要进一步磨砺自己。
She's doing a course to sharpen her business skills.
她正进修,以提高自己的业务技能。
5.
[i][t]
~ (sth)
(使声音)变得尖锐,变得刺耳if your voicesharpens or sthsharpens it, it becomes high and loud in an unpleasant way

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