acuminate

[adjective uh-kyoo-muh-nit, -neyt; verb uh-kyoo-muh-neyt]
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verb (used with object), a·cu·mi·nat·ed, a·cu·mi·nat·ing.
  1. 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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Related Words for acuminate

fine, tapering, hone, edge, whet, taper, acicular, acute, mucronate, pointy, sharp

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British Dictionary definitions for acuminate

acuminate

adjective (əˈkjuːmɪnɪt, -ˌneɪt)
  1. narrowing to a sharp point, as some types of leaf
verb (əˈkjuːmɪˌneɪt)
  1. (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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acuminate in Medicine

acuminate

[ə-kyōōmə-nĭt, -nāt′]
adj.
  1. Tapering to a point; pointed.
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