acute

  • 1 Acute — A*cute , a. [L. acutus, p. p. of acuere to sharpen, fr. a root ak to be sharp. Cf. {Ague}, {Cute}, {Edge}.] 1. Sharp at the end; ending in a sharp point; pointed; opposed to {blunt} or {obtuse}; as, an acute angle; an acute leaf. [1913 Webster] 2 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Acute — may refer to: * Acute angle * Acute accent * Acute (medicine) * Acute (phonetic) * Acute (programming language) * The Acute a band …

    Wikipedia

  • 3 acute — [ə kyo͞ot′] adj. [L acutus, pp. of acuere, sharpen: see ACUMEN] 1. having a sharp point 2. keen or quick of mind; shrewd 3. sensitive to impressions [acute hearing] 4. severe and sharp, as pain, jealousy, etc. 5. severe but of s …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 acute — 1 *sharp, keen Analogous words: *incisive, trenchant, cutting: penetrating, piercing (see ENTER) Antonyms: obtuse Contrasted words: *dull, blunt: *stupid, slow, dull, crass, dense …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 acute — UK US /əˈkjuːt/ adjective ► if a bad situation is acute, it causes severe problems or damage: »The problem is particularly acute for small businesses. »an acute conflict/crisis/need …

    Financial and business terms

  • 6 acute — acute; acute·ness; per·acute; sub·acute; …

    English syllables

  • 7 acute — [adj1] deeply perceptive astute, canny, clever, discerning, discriminating, incisive, ingenious, insightful, intense, intuitive, judicious, keen, observant, penetrating, perspicacious, piercing, quick witted, sensitive, sharp, smart, subtle;… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 Acute — A*cute , v. t. To give an acute sound to; as, he acutes his rising inflection too much. [R.] Walker. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 9 acute — I adjective acer, acuminate, acutus, alert, apt, astute, aware, clear sighted, critical, crucial, cutting, discerning, fine, foreseeing, intense, intuitive, keen, keenly sensitive, knowledgeable, penetrating, perceptive, perspicacious, perspicax …

    Law dictionary

  • 10 acute — (adj.) late 14c., originally of fevers and diseases, coming and going quickly (opposed to a chronic), from L. acutus sharp, pointed, figuratively shrill, penetrating; intelligent, cunning, pp. of acuere sharpen (see ACUITY (Cf. acuity)). Meaning… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 11 acute — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of something bad) critical; serious. 2) (of an illness) coming sharply to a crisis. Often contrasted with CHRONIC(Cf. ↑chronicity). 3) perceptive; shrewd. 4) (of a physical sense or faculty) highly developed. 5) (of an angle) less …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 acute — adjective (acuter; acutest) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin acutus, past participle of acuere to sharpen, from acus needle; akin to Latin acer sharp more at edge Date: 14th century 1. a. (1) characterized by sh …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 acute — [[t]əkju͟ːt[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED You can use acute to indicate that an undesirable situation or feeling is very severe or intense. The war has aggravated an acute economic crisis... The report has caused acute embarrassment to the government... The …

    English dictionary

  • 14 acute — a|cute [əˈkju:t] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(problem)¦ 2¦(feeling)¦ 3¦(illness)¦ 4¦(senses)¦ 5¦(intelligent)¦ 6¦(mathematics)¦ 7¦(punctuation)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of acuere to sharpen , from acus needle …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 Acute — Of short duration, rapid and abbreviated in onset, in reference to a disease. “Acute” is a measure of the time scale of a disease and is in contrast to “subacute” and “chronic.” “Subacute” indicates longer duration or less rapid change. “Chronic” …

    Medical dictionary

  • 16 acute — acutely, adv. acuteness, n. /euh kyooht /, adj. 1. sharp or severe in effect; intense: acute sorrow; an acute pain. 2. extremely great or serious; crucial; critical: an acute shortage of oil. 3. (of disease) brief and severe (opposed to chronic) …

    Universalium

  • 17 acute — adjective 1 SITUATION/FEELING ETC very serious or severe: an acute shortage of water | acute embarrassment 2 PAIN very severe and sharp 3 acute hearing/acute sense of smell etc an ability to hear or smell things that is very sensitive, so that… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 acute — 01. His ear infection caused him [acute] pain. 02. A dolphin s hearing is so [acute] that it can hear underwater sounds from up to 15 miles away. 03. Drinking coffee can sharpen one s mental [acuity] for short periods of time. 04. The country is… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 19 acute — a|cute [ ə kjut ] adjective usually before noun 1. ) very serious or severe: an acute shortage of medical supplies a ) an acute illness is one that becomes very bad very quickly: an acute ear infection b ) used for describing pain that is very… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 acute — 1. adjective /əˈkjuːt/ a) Urgent. His need for medical attention was acute. b) sensitive She had an acute sense of honor. Syn: pressing, urgent, emergent …

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