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adjective sharp pronunciation in American English /ʃɑrp/
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  1. 1
    a sharp object has an edge that can cut or an end that is pointed
    Cut the melon in half using a sharp knife.
    The cage should have no sharp edges that might cause injury.
    a sharp pencil
    sharp teeth/claws
    These scissors aren’t very sharp.
  2. 2
    a sharp change is sudden and very big
    a sharp rise/increase: Supermarkets are reporting a sharp rise in the sale of organic produce.
    a sharp decline/drop/fall: This month’s figures show a sharp drop in unemployment.
    1. a.
      a sharp bend changes direction suddenly
      We approached a sharp bend in the road and the bus slowed down.
    2. b.
      a sharp pain is sudden and severe
      I felt a sharp pain in my foot.
    3. c.
      a sharp feeling is sudden and strong
      Lindsey felt a sharp pang of guilt.
    4. d.
      a sharp breath is taken suddenly, often because you are surprised
      There was a sharp intake of breath when the prizewinners were announced.
    5. e.
      a sharp sound is sudden and loud
      a sharp crack of gunfire
      a sharp cry of fear
  3. 3
    intelligent and quick to notice something or react to something
    Some of these kids are pretty sharp when it comes to math.
    He has a sharp wit and a wicked sense of humor.
    keep a sharp eye/lookout on something: The Agency keeps a sharp eye on arm sales abroad.
  4. 4
    clear and seen in a lot of detail
    The new high-definition TV offers razor-sharp pictures and digital sound.
  5. 5
    a sharp comment, voice, or expression shows that someone is unfriendly or annoyed
    My father shot her a sharp look but said nothing.
    Sharp words were exchanged.
    The deal has come under sharp criticism from the investment community.
  6. 6
    clearly recognized as different
    The warm weather was in sharp contrast to last year’s cold temperatures.
  7. 7
    informal fashionable and impressive
    a sharp dresser
    a sharp suit

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