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whet

Pronunciation: /hwet; wet/

Translation of whet in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (-tt-)

  • 1.1 (stimulate) [interest/curiosity] estimular, avivar the walk whetted our appetites la caminata nos abrió el apetito the experience had whetted her appetite for foreign travel la experiencia había hecho que le tomara el gusto a viajar por el extranjero
    Example sentences
    • A house suited for quiet family life but within an hour of Dublin whets the appetite of country loving commuters.
    • Just to whet our appetites, and to make us more appreciative of history in the making.
    • I hope I've whetted your appetite without giving away too many details, so that you will consider picking up this book yourself - after all, it's out in paperback at the beginning of February.
    1.2 (sharpen) [dated/anticuado] afilar
    Example sentences
    • Using the clear water from the pool, Mo Ye and Gan Jiang whetted swords on this stone to hone their cutting-edges.
    • Timothy whetted the knife he used to butcher the goats.

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