1 having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course; "acute appendicitis"; "the acute phase of the illness"; "acute patients" [ant: chronic]
2 extremely sharp or intense; "acute pain"; "felt acute annoyance"; "intense itching and burning" [syn: intense]
3 having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions; "an acute observer of politics and politicians"; "incisive comments"; "icy knifelike reasoning"; "as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang"; "penetrating insight"; "frequent penetrative observations" [syn: discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharp]
4 of an angle; less than 90 degrees [ant: obtuse]
6 of critical importance and consequence; "an acute (or critical) lack of research funds" n : a mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation [syn: acute accent, ague]
EtymologyFrom Latin acuere "to sharpen".
- Rhymes: -uːt
- His need for medical attention was acute.
- She had an acute sense of honor.
- Eagles have very acute vision.
- She had an acute sense of honor.
- It was an acute event.
- Of an angle, less than 90 degrees.
- Of a triangle, acute-angled.
- botany of leaves With the sides meeting directly to form a pointed acute angle at the apex, base, or both.
- Of an abnormal condition of recent or sudden
onset, in contrast to
delayed onset; this sense does not imply severity (unlike the
- He dropped dead of an acute illness.
- Of a short-lived condition, in contrast to a chronic condition;
this sense also does not imply severity.
- The acute symptoms resolved promptly.
- In the context of "after a letter": Having an acute
- The last letter of "café" is 'e' acute.
of a triangle See acute-angled
medicine: of a condition
accent See acute accent
- An acute
- The word "cafe" often has an acute over the "e".
- To give an acute sound to.
- He acutes his rising inflection too much.
- Feminine plural form of acuto
Acute may refer to:
acute in Catalan: Agut (desambiguació)
acute in French: Aigu
acute in Finnish: Akuutti
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