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acme

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noun ac·me \ˈak-mē\

Simple Definition of acme

  • : the highest point of something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of acme

  1. :  the highest point or stage; also :  one that represents perfection of the thing expressed

Examples of acme in a sentence

  1. His fame was at its acme.

  2. <the acme of their basketball season was their hard-won victory over last year's state champs>



Origin and Etymology of acme

Greek akmē point, highest point — more at edge


First Known Use: 1620

Synonym Discussion of acme

summit, peak, pinnacle, climax, apex, acme, culmination mean the highest point attained or attainable. summit implies the topmost level attainable <at the summit of the Victorian social scene>. peak suggests the highest among other high points <an artist working at the peak of her powers>. pinnacle suggests a dizzying and often insecure height <the pinnacle of worldly success>. climax implies the highest point in an ascending series <the war was the climax to a series of hostile actions>. apex implies the point where all ascending lines converge <the apex of Dutch culture>. acme implies a level of quality representing the perfection of a thing <a statue that was once deemed the acme of beauty>. culmination suggests the outcome of a growth or development representing an attained objective <the culmination of years of effort>.

Medical Dictionary

acme

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noun ac·me \ˈak-mē\

Medical Definition of acme

  1. :  the highest or most critical point or stage (as of growth or development)




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