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acuminate

[ adjective uh-kyoo-muh-nit, -neyt; verb uh-kyoo-muh-neyt ]
/ adjective 蓹藞kyu m蓹 n瑟t, -藢ne瑟t; verb 蓹藞kyu m蓹藢ne瑟t /
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adjective
Botany, Zoology. pointed; tapering to a point.
verb (used with object), a路cu路mi路nat路ed, a路cu路mi路nat路ing.
to make sharp or keen.
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Origin of acuminate

1595鈥1605; <Latin ac奴min膩tus (past participle of ac奴min膩re), equivalent to ac奴min- (stem of ac奴men) acumen + -膩tus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM acuminate

a路cu路mi路na路tion, nounsub路a路cu路mi路nate, adjectivesub路a路cu路mi路na路tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for acuminate

acuminate

adjective (蓹藞kju藧m瑟n瑟t, -藢ne瑟t)
narrowing to a sharp point, as some types of leaf
verb (蓹藞kju藧m瑟藢ne瑟t)
(tr) to make pointed or sharp

Derived forms of acuminate

acumination, noun

Word Origin for acuminate

C17: from Latin ac奴min膩re to sharpen; see acumen
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