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acuminate

[adj. uh-kyoo-muh-nit, -neyt; v. uh-kyoo-muh-neyt] /adj. əˈkyu mə nɪt, -ˌneɪt; v. əˈkyu məˌneɪt/
adjective
1.
Botany, Zoology. pointed; tapering to a point.
verb (used with object), acuminated, acuminating.
2.
to make sharp or keen.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin acūminātus (past participle of acūmināre), equivalent to acūmin- (stem of acūmen) acumen + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
acumination, noun
subacuminate, adjective
subacumination, noun
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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)
2.
(transitive) to make pointed or sharp
Derived Forms
acumination, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin acūmināre to sharpen; see acumen
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acuminate in Medicine

acuminate a·cu·mi·nate (ə-kyōō'mə-nĭt, -nāt')
adj.
Tapering to a point; pointed.

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