Acuminate meaning

ə-kyo͝omə-nĭt, -nāt
Tapering gradually to a sharp point, as the tips of certain leaves.
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To sharpen or taper.
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Pointed; tapering to a point.

An acuminate leaf.

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To make sharp or pointed.
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Tapering gradually to a sharp point, as the tips of certain leaves.
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Acuminate leaves, teeth, etc.

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(botany, mycology) Tapering to a long point at its apex.
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To render sharp or keen; to sharpen.
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(intransitive) To end in or come to a sharp point.
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Origin of acuminate

  • Latin acūminātus past participle of acūmināre to sharpen from acūmen acuteness acumen

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin acuminatus, past participle of acuminare, to sharpen to a point

    From Wiktionary