acute


acute
a|cute [əˈkju:t] adj
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1¦(problem)¦
2¦(feeling)¦
3¦(illness)¦
4¦(senses)¦
5¦(intelligent)¦
6¦(mathematics)¦
7¦(punctuation)¦
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[Date: 1300-1400; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of acuere 'to sharpen', from acus 'needle']
1.) ¦(PROBLEM)¦
an acute problem is very serious
The housing shortage is more acute than first thought.
2.) ¦(FEELING)¦
an acute feeling is very strong
acute pain
acute embarrassment
acute anxiety
3.) ¦(ILLNESS)¦
technical an acute illness or disease quickly becomes very serious
≠ ↑chronic
acute arthritis
4.) ¦(SENSES)¦
acute senses such as hearing, taste, touch etc are very good and sensitive
Young children have a particularly acute sense of smell.
5.) ¦(INTELLIGENT)¦
quick to notice and understand things
= ↑sharp
Simon's vague manner concealed an acute mind.
an acute analysis of Middle Eastern politics
6.) ¦(MATHEMATICS)¦
technical an acute angle is less than 90º
→↑obtuse
7.) ¦(PUNCTUATION)¦
an acute ↑accent (=a mark used to show pronunciation) is a small mark written above a vowel. In 'café', the letter 'e' has an acute accent
→↑grave, circumflex ↑circumflex
>acuteness n [U]

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  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • acute — acute; acute·ness; per·acute; sub·acute; …   English syllables

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


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