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sharpen
American English: /ˈʃɑrpən/
British English: /ˈʃɑːp(ə)n/

Translation of sharpen in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1
    (knife/blade/claws)
    afilar
    to sharpen a pencil
    sacarle punta a un lápiz
    Example sentences
    • I have a feeling he's sharpening his pencil and pulling out the classified ads right about now.
    • It's never too early to start sharpening the insults and perfecting the ad hominem attacks.
    • At this very moment, exam markers are sharpening their red pencils to ring such sloppiness.

Phrasal verbs

sharpen up

1verb + adverb [colloquial]
espabilarse [colloquial]
avivarse (Latin America) [colloquial]
apiolarse (Río de la Plata) [colloquial]
come on, sharpen up!
¡vamos, espabílate ( or avívate etc. )! [colloquial]
they were told to sharpen up or risk losing orders
se les dijo que hicieran las cosas como Dios manda or se arriesgaban a perder pedidos
2verb + adverb + object, verb + object + adverb 2.1
(pencil)
sacarle punta a
2.2 [colloquial]
(skills/processes)
pulir
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