Sharpen vs Intensify - What's the difference?

sharpen | intensify |


As verbs the difference between sharpen and intensify

is that sharpen is (transitive|sometimes|figurative) to make sharp while intensify is to render more intense; as, to intensify heat or cold; to intensify colors; to intensify a photographic negative; to intensify animosity.

sharpen

English

Verb

(en verb)
  • (transitive, sometimes, figurative) To make sharp
  • * (Edmund Burke) (1729-1797)
  • He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill.
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    Antonyms

    * blunt

    Derived terms

    * sharpener

    intensify

    English

    Verb

    (en-verb)
  • To render more intense; as, to intensify heat or cold; to intensify colors; to intensify a photographic negative; to intensify animosity.
  • To become intense, or more intense; to act with increasing power or energy.