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Definition of hone verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hone
    he / she / it hones
    past simple honed
    -ing form honing
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  1. 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. 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.
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