acuminate

[ adjective uh-kyoo-muh-nit, -neyt; verb uh-kyoo-muh-neyt ]
/ adjective əˈkyu mə nɪt, -ˌneɪt; verb əˈkyu məˌneɪt /

adjective

Botany, Zoology. pointed; tapering to a point.

verb (used with object), a·cu·mi·nat·ed, a·cu·mi·nat·ing.

to make sharp or keen.

Origin of acuminate

1595–1605; < Latin acūminātus (past participle of acūmināre), equivalent to acūmin- (stem of acūmen) acumen + -ātus -ate1
Related formsa·cu·mi·na·tion, nounsub·a·cu·mi·nate, adjectivesub·a·cu·mi·na·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for acuminate

acuminate


adjective (əˈkjuːmɪnɪt, -ˌneɪt)

narrowing to a sharp point, as some types of leaf

verb (əˈkjuːmɪˌneɪt)

(tr) to make pointed or sharp
Derived Formsacumination, noun

Word Origin for acuminate

C17: from Latin acūmināre to sharpen; see acumen
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Medicine definitions for acuminate

acuminate

[ ə-kyōōmə-nĭt, -nāt′ ]

adj.

Tapering to a point; pointed.
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