Definition of hone verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    hone

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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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.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old English hān ‘stone’, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse hein.
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