- 1to develop and improve something, especially a skill, over a period of time hone something She honed her debating skills at college. It was a finely honed piece of writing. hone something to something His body was honed to perfection.
- 2hone something (to something) to make a blade sharp or sharper synonym sharpen The knife had been honed to razor sharpness. The hook should be honed to a needle-sharp point. Word Origin Middle English: from Old English hān ‘stone’, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse hein.
BrE BrE//həʊn//; NAmE NAmE//hoʊn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hone
BrE BrE//həʊn//; NAmE NAmE//hoʊn//he / she / it hones
BrE BrE//həʊnz//; NAmE NAmE//hoʊnz//past simple honed
BrE BrE//həʊnd//; NAmE NAmE//hoʊnd//past participle honed
BrE BrE//həʊnd//; NAmE NAmE//hoʊnd//-ing form honing
BrE BrE//ˈhəʊnɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈhoʊnɪŋ//