- Acute is defined as something that is very serious, severe or extreme.
An example of acute sorrow is the grief a person feels after his spouse dies.
- The definition of acute refers to an illness or injury that is severe but that usually won't last a long time.
An example of the word acute would be when you fall and hurt your wrist resulting in breakage or fracture. This would be considered acute wrist pain as it came on quickly, is severe and will likely subside relatively quickly.
- having a sharp point
- keen or quick of mind; shrewd
- sensitive to impressions: acute hearing
- severe and sharp, as pain, jealousy, etc.
- severe but of short duration; not chronic: said of some diseases
- very serious; critical; crucial: an acute shortage of workers
- shrill; high in pitch
- of less than 90 degrees: an acute angle
- intensive (sense )
Origin of acuteClassical Latin acutus, past participle of acuere, sharpen: see acumen
- a. Reacting readily to stimuli or impressions; sensitive: His hearing was unusually acute.b. Keenly perceptive or discerning: an acute critic of music; a critic with acute judgment. See Synonyms at sharp.
- Extremely sharp or severe; intense: acute pain; acute pleasure.
- Of great importance or consequence; critical: an acute shortage of funds.
- Medicine a. Having a rapid onset and following a short but severe course: an acute disease.b. Afflicted by a disease exhibiting a rapid onset followed by a short, severe course: acute patients.
- High in pitch; shrill: an acute scream.
- a. Narrowly pointed; sharp: an acute leaf.b. Having an acute angle: an acute triangle.
Origin of acuteLatin acūtus past participle of acuere to sharpen from acus needle ; see ak- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative acuter or more acute, superlative acutest or most acute)
- His need for medical attention was acute.
- She had an acute sense of honor. Eagles have very acute vision.
- Short, quick, brief.
- It was an acute event.
- (geometry) Of an angle, less than 90 degrees.
- (geometry) Of a triangle, having all three interior angles measuring less than 90 degrees.
- (botany, of leaves) With the sides meeting directly to form a pointed acute angle at the apex, base, or both.
- (medicine) Of an abnormal condition of recent or sudden onset, in contrast to delayed onset; this sense does not imply severity (unlike the common usage).
- He dropped dead of an acute illness.
- (medicine) Of a short-lived condition, in contrast to a chronic condition; this sense also does not imply severity.
- The acute symptoms resolved promptly.
- (orthography, after a letter) Having an acute accent.
- The last letter of “café” is ‘e’ acute.
- High or shrill.
- an acute tone or accent
- (orthography) An acute accent.
- The word “cafe” often has an acute over the ‘e’.
(third-person singular simple present acutes, present participle acuting, simple past and past participle acuted)
- (phonetics) To give an acute sound to.
- He acutes his rising inflection too much.