Main meanings of acuate in English

: acuate1acuate2

acuate1

Pronunciation /ˈakjʊət/

adjective

rare
  • Sharp, pointed; needle-like.

Origin

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

Main meanings of acuate in English

: acuate1acuate2

acuate2

Pronunciation /ˈakjʊeɪt/

verb

historical
  • 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.