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Meaning & Definition of Acute in English

English

Acute

/əkjut/

noun

1. A mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation

    synonym:
  • acute accent
  • ,
  • acute
  • ,
  • ague

adjective

1. Having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course

  • "Acute appendicitis"
  • "The acute phase of the illness"
  • "Acute patients"
    synonym:
  • acute

2. Extremely sharp or intense

  • "Acute pain"
  • "Felt acute annoyance"
  • "Intense itching and burning"
    synonym:
  • acute
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • acute
  • ,
  • discriminating
  • ,
  • incisive
  • ,
  • keen
  • ,
  • knifelike
  • ,
  • penetrating
  • ,
  • penetrative
  • ,
  • piercing
  • ,
  • sharp

4. Of an angle

  • Less than 90 degrees
    synonym:
  • acute

5. Ending in a sharp point

    synonym:
  • acuate
  • ,
  • acute
  • ,
  • sharp
  • ,
  • needlelike

6. Of critical importance and consequence

  • "An acute (or critical) lack of research funds"
    synonym:
  • acute

Examples of using

The Germans all suffer from acute commatitis.