Acute meaning

ə-kyo͝ot
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.

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Keen or quick of mind; shrewd.
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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.

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Of great importance or consequence; critical.

An acute shortage of funds.

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Extremely sharp or severe; intense.

Acute pain; acute pleasure.

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(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.

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Reacting readily to stimuli or impressions, as hearing or eyesight; sensitive.
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(botany, of leaves) With the sides meeting directly to form a pointed acute angle at the apex, base, or both.
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It was an acute event.

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Having a sharp point.
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Of less than 90 degrees.

An acute angle.

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Extremely sharp or severe; intense.

Acute pain; acute pleasure.

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Relating to an illness that has a rapid onset and follows a short but severe course.
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Having an acute angle.
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His need for medical attention was acute.

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She had an acute sense of honor. Eagles have very acute vision.

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(geometry) Of an angle, less than 90 degrees.
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(geometry) Of a triangle, having all three interior angles measuring less than 90 degrees.
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(medicine) Of a short-lived condition, in contrast to a chronic condition; this sense also does not imply severity.

The acute symptoms resolved promptly.

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(orthography, after a letter) Having an acute accent.

The last letter of “café” is ‘e’ acute.

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High or shrill.

An acute tone or accent.

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(orthography) An acute accent.

The word “cafe” often has an acute over the ‘e’.

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(phonetics) To give an acute sound to.

He acutes his rising inflection too much.

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High in pitch; shrill.

An acute scream.

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Sensitive to impressions.

Acute hearing.

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Severe and sharp, as pain, jealousy, etc.
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Severe but of short duration; not chronic.
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Very serious; critical; crucial.

An acute shortage of workers.

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Shrill; high in pitch.
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Origin of acute

  • Latin acūtus past participle of acuere to sharpen from acus needle ak- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin acūtus (“sharp”), perfect passive participle of acuō (“sharpen, make sharp”). Cognate to ague (“acute, intermittent fever”).

    From Wiktionary