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acuminate

[adjective uh-kyoo-muh-nit, -neyt; verb uh-kyoo-muh-neyt]
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adjective
  1. Botany, Zoology. pointed; tapering to a point.
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verb (used with object), a·cu·mi·nat·ed, a·cu·mi·nat·ing.
  1. to make sharp or keen.
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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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finetaperinghoneedgewhettaperacicularacutemucronatepointysharp

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acuminate

adjective (əˈkjuːmɪnɪt, -ˌneɪt)
  1. narrowing to a sharp point, as some types of leaf
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verb (əˈkjuːmɪˌneɪt)
  1. (tr) to make pointed or sharp
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Derived Formsacumination, noun

Word Origin

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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