1. to sharpen

  • sapim pensil sharpen a pencil

2. to sharpen to a point

  • No ken planim pos nating, sapim pastaim.
    Don’t just sink the posts without preparing them, sharpen them first.

3. to carve, to hew

  • sapim kanu (sharp canoe) to hollow out a canoe
  • Lapun i wok long skulim ol yangpela boi long sapim kanu.
    The old man is teaching the young boys how to hollow out a canoe (from a log).

4. to shave off a hill or embankment

  • Ol i sapim maunten liklik long stretim ples long sanapim haus.
    They flattened the top of the hill to prepare a site for the house.

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