Main definitions of acuate in English

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acuate1

adjective

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

Origin

Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From post-classical Latin acuatus, past participle of acuare acuate.

Pronunciation:

acuate

/ˈakjʊət/

Main definitions of acuate in English

: acuate1acuate2

acuate2

verb

historical
  • with object To make sharp, to sharpen.

Origin

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/