- 1 = sharpen, stoke.Ex. Instructors may sharpen a difference of opinion between two students and also may tactfully cut short long-winded contributions in a debate.Ex. The media have regularly stoked public feelings of shame by affirming that English football fans are synonymous with hooliganism, overlooking the fact that not all fans are 'hooligans'.----* la necesidad agudiza el ingenio = necessity mothers invention, necessity is the mother of invention.
Spanish-English dictionary. 2013.