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acute Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
    ague; acute accent.
  2. adjective having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course
    • acute appendicitis
    • the acute phase of the illness
    • acute patients
  3. adjective satellite extremely sharp or intense
    intense.
    • acute pain
    • felt acute annoyance
    • intense itching and burning
  4. adjective satellite having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
    penetrating; incisive; penetrative; piercing; discriminating; keen; sharp; knifelike.
    • 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
  5. adjective of an angle; less than 90 degrees
  6. adjective satellite ending in a sharp point
    sharp; acuate; needlelike.
  7. adjective satellite of critical importance and consequence
    • an acute (or critical) lack of research funds
WordNet

A*cute" adjective
Etymology
L. acutus, p. p. of acuere to sharpen, fr. a root ak to be sharp. Cf. Ague, Cute, Edge.
Definitions
  1. Sharp at the end; ending in a sharp point; pointed; -- opposed to blunt or obtuse; as, an acute angle; an acute leaf.
  2. Having nice discernment; perceiving or using minute distinctions; penetrating; clever; shrewd; -- opposed to dull or stupid; as, an acute observer; acute remarks, or reasoning.
  3. Having nice or quick sensibility; susceptible to slight impressions; acting keenly on the senses; sharp; keen; intense; as, a man of acute eyesight, hearing, or feeling; acute pain or pleasure.
  4. High, or shrill, in respect to some other sound; -- opposed to grave or low; as, an acute tone or accent.
  5. (Med.) Attended with symptoms of some degree of severity, and coming speedily to a crisis; -- opposed to chronic; as, an acute disease. Syn. -- Subtile; ingenious; sharp; keen; penetrating; sagacious; sharp-witted; shrewd; discerning; discriminating. See Subtile.
A*cute" transitive verb
Definitions
  1. To give an acute sound to; as, he acutes his rising inflection too much. R. Walker.

Webster 1913


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