Definition of acuate in English:

acuate

adjective

  • Science. Sharp, pointed; needle-like. Now rare.

verb

historical
  • with object To make sharp, to sharpen.

Origin

Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From post-classical Latin acuatus, past participle of acuare acuate<br>mid 16th century; earliest use found in Andrew Borde (c1490–1549), physician and author. From post-classical Latin acuat-, past participial stem of acuare to make pungent, to whet, sharpen from classical Latin acus needle; compare classical Latin acuere to sharpen.

Pronunciation

acuate

/ˈakjʊət/