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Is there another word describing the process where you've polished your skills through experience - apart from "honed". I don't think it's the best word somehow.

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    What's wrong with your own word polished? Or you could just check a dictionary definition of honed, which in almost every case would probably list the alternative sharpened. – FumbleFingers Sep 10 '14 at 22:58
  • Welcome to EL&U. The expectation here, as throughout StackExchange, is that you do some preliminary research before posing your question. Have you consulted a thesaurus, for example? – choster Sep 10 '14 at 23:01
  • of course I have! – gbdionne Sep 10 '14 at 23:05
  • Thanks FF. Sharpened is good, though not appropriate in the context of through my work at "I honed my communication skills." If you see what I mean? – gbdionne Sep 10 '14 at 23:08
  • One's skills might be a bit ... unpolished and dull ... if they can't recognize what native speakers would consider after sharpening or polishing through active use. – SrJoven Sep 10 '14 at 23:24
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Refine? Cultivate? Improve? Foster?

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