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whet  audio  (hwt, wt) KEY 

TRANSITIVE VERB:
whet·ted, whet·ting, whets
  1. To sharpen (a knife, for example); hone.
  2. To make more keen; stimulate: The frying bacon whetted my appetite.
NOUN:
  1. The act of whetting.
  2. Something that whets.
  3. Informal An appetizer.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English whetten, from Old English hwettan


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