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  • 1 Whet — Whet, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Whetted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Whetting}.] [AS. hwettan; akin to D. wetten, G. wetzen, OHG. wezzen, Icel. hvetja, Sw. v[ a]ttja, and AS. hw[ae]t vigorous, brave, OS. hwat, OHG. waz, was, sharp, Icel. hvatr, bold, active, Sw …

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  • 2 whet´ter — whet «hweht», verb, whet|ted, whet|ting, noun. –v.t. 1. to sharpen by rubbing; hone: »to whet a knife. 2. Figurative. to make keen or eager; …

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  • 3 whet — [ wet, hwet ] verb transitive if you whet a blade, you make it sharper: SHARPEN whet your appetite (for something) to increase the feeling that you want to have or do a particular thing: a TV program that will whet people s appetite for travel …

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  • 4 Whet — Whet, n. [1913 Webster] 1. The act of whetting. [1913 Webster] 2. That which whets or sharpens; esp., an appetizer. Sips, drams, and whets. Spectator. [1913 Webster] {Whet slate} (Min.), a variety of slate used for sharpening cutting instruments; …

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  • 5 Whet slate — Whet Whet, n. [1913 Webster] 1. The act of whetting. [1913 Webster] 2. That which whets or sharpens; esp., an appetizer. Sips, drams, and whets. Spectator. [1913 Webster] {Whet slate} (Min.), a variety of slate used for sharpening cutting… …

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  • 6 whet — whet; whet·ten; whet·ter; …

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  • 7 whet — [hwet, wet] vt. whetted, whetting [ME whetten < OE hwettan, to make keen < hwæt, sharp, keen, bold < IE base * kwed , to pierce, sharpen, whet > prob. L (tri)quetrus, (three )cornered] 1. to sharpen by rubbing or grinding (the edge of …

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  • 8 whet your appetite (for something) — phrase to increase the feeling that you want to have or to do a particular thing a TV programme that will whet people’s appetite for travel Thesaurus: to make someone feel excited, enthusiastic or impressedsynonym Main entry: whet …

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  • 9 whet — [wet] v past tense and past participle whetted present participle whetting [T] [: Old English; Origin: hwettan] 1.) whet sb s appetite (for sth) if an experience whets your appetite for something, it increases your desire for it ▪ The view from… …

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  • 10 whet — [v1] make sharp edge, file, finish, grind, hone, sharpen, strop; concepts 137,250 Ant. blunt, dull whet [v2] arouse, excite animate, awaken, challenge, enhance, incite, increase, kindle, pique, provoke, quicken, rally, rouse, stimulate, stir,… …

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  • 11 whet-slate — whetˈ slate noun Novaculite • • • Main Entry: ↑whet …

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  • 12 whet on — ● whet …

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  • 13 whet — index stimulate, stimulus Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 14 whet one's interest — index interest Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 15 whet — (v.) O.E. hwettan, from P.Gmc. *khwatjanan (Cf. O.N. hvetja to sharpen, encourage, M.L.G., M.Du. wetten, O.H.G. wezzan, Ger. wetzen to sharpen, Goth. ga hvatjan to sharpen, incite ), from an adjective represented by O.E. hwæt brave, bold, O.S.… …

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  • 16 whet someone's appetite — whet (someone s) appetite if an experience whets someone s appetite for something, it makes them want more of it. That first flying lesson whetted her appetite. I did a short course last year, and it s whetted my appetite for study. (often + for) …

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  • 17 whet appetite — whet (someone s) appetite if an experience whets someone s appetite for something, it makes them want more of it. That first flying lesson whetted her appetite. I did a short course last year, and it s whetted my appetite for study. (often + for) …

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  • 18 whet your appetite — If something whets your appetite, it interests you and makes you want more of it …

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  • 19 whet — ► VERB (whetted, whetting) 1) sharpen the blade of (a tool or weapon). 2) excite or stimulate (someone s desire, interest, or appetite). ORIGIN Old English …

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  • 20 whet|stone — «HWEHT STOHN», noun. a stone for sharpening knives or tools, especially a shaped stone for giving a very fine edge after grinding …

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