whet your appetite (for something)

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

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • 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 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • whet — UK [wet] / US / US [hwet] verb [transitive] Word forms whet : present tense I/you/we/they whet he/she/it whets present participle whetting past tense whetted past participle whetted if you whet a blade, you make it sharper using a whetstone •… …   English dictionary

  • 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… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • whet — verb (T) 1 whet sb s appetite (for sth) if an experience whets your appetite for something, it increases your desire for it: The trip to Paris has whetted my appetite for travel. 2 literary to make the edge of a blade sharp …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • whet — [wet] verb whet your appetite (for sth) to make you feel that you want more of something[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • whet — [[t](h)we̱t[/t]] whets, whetting, whetted PHRASE: V and N inflect, oft PHR for n If someone or something whets your appetite for a particular thing, they increase your desire to have it or know about it, especially by giving you an idea of what… …   English dictionary

  • appetite — [[t]æ̱pɪtaɪt[/t]] appetites 1) N VAR Your appetite is your desire to eat. He has a healthy appetite... Symptoms are a slight fever, headache and loss of appetite. 2) N COUNT: oft N for n Someone s appetite for something is their strong desire for …   English dictionary

  • appetite — ap|pe|tite [ˈæpıtaıt] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: apetit, from Latin, past participle of appetere to try to get , from ad to + petere to look for ] 1.) [C usually singular, U] a desire for food ▪ All that walking has given me an… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • appetite — noun 1 desire for food ADJECTIVE ▪ big, enormous, gargantuan, good, healthy, hearty, huge, insatiable, large, ravenous …   Collocations dictionary

  • 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; …   Useful english dictionary


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