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    • UK Pronunciation
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    • [adjective uh-kyoo-muh-nit, -neyt; verb uh-kyoo-muh-neyt]
    • /adjective əˈkyu mə nɪt, -ˌneɪt; verb əˈkyu məˌneɪt/
    • /ə.ˈkjuː.mɪ.nɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [adjective uh-kyoo-muh-nit, -neyt; verb uh-kyoo-muh-neyt]
    • /adjective əˈkyu mə nɪt, -ˌneɪt; verb əˈkyu məˌneɪt/

Definitions of acuminate word

  • adjective acuminate narrowing to a sharp point, as some types of leaf 3
  • verb acuminate to make pointed or sharp 3
  • adjective acuminate pointed; tapering to a point 3
  • verb transitive acuminate to make sharp or pointed 3
  • adjective acuminate Botany, Zoology. pointed; tapering to a point. 1
  • verb with object acuminate to make sharp or keen. 1

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Origin of acuminate

First appearance:

before 1595
One of the 38% oldest English words
1595-1605; < Latin acūminātus (past participle of acūmināre), equivalent to acūmin- (stem of acūmen) acumen + -ātus -ate1

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Parts of speech for Acuminate


acuminate popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 65% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 70% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

acuminate usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for acuminate

adj acuminate

  • fine — of superior or best quality; of high or highest grade: fine wine.
  • tapering — to become smaller or thinner toward one end.
  • acicular — shaped like a needle.
  • acute — You can use acute to indicate that an undesirable situation or feeling is very severe or intense.
  • mucronate — having an abruptly projecting point, as a feather or leaf.

verb acuminate

  • hone — a whetstone of fine, compact texture for sharpening razors and other cutting tools.
  • edge — a line or border at which a surface terminates: Grass grew along the edges of the road. The paper had deckle edges.
  • whet — to sharpen (a knife, tool, etc.) by grinding or friction.
  • taper — to become smaller or thinner toward one end.
  • sharpen — knife: make sharper

adjective acuminate

  • pointed — having a point or points: a pointed arch.
  • aciculated — Alternative form of aciculate.

Antonyms for acuminate

verb acuminate

  • blunt — If you are blunt, you say exactly what you think without trying to be polite.
  • dull — not sharp; blunt: a dull knife.

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