- 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.
- 2 hone 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.
NAmE//hoʊn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hone
he / she / it hones
past simple honed
-ing form honing