Definitions for Acuteəˈkyut

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. sharp or severe in effect; intense:

    acute pain.

  2. extremely great or serious:

    an acute shortage of oil.

  3. (of disease) brief and severe

    Ref: (disting. from chronic ).

  4. penetrating in intellect, insight, or perception.

  5. sensitive even to slight details or impressions:

    acute eyesight.

  6. sharp at the end; pointed.

  7. (of an angle) less than 90°. (of a triangle) containing only acute angles.

    Category: Math

    Ref: See diag. at triangle . art

  8. consisting of, indicated by, or bearing an acute accent.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

Origin of acute:

1560–70; < L acūtus sharpened, ptp. of acuere, akin to acus needle


Princeton's WordNet

  1. acute accent, acute, ague(adj)

    a mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation

  2. acute(adj)

    having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course

    "acute appendicitis"; "the acute phase of the illness"; "acute patients"

  3. acute, intense(adj)

    extremely sharp or intense

    "acute pain"; "felt acute annoyance"; "intense itching and burning"

  4. acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharp(adj)

    having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

    "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. acute(adj)

    of an angle; less than 90 degrees

  6. acuate, acute, sharp, needlelike(adj)

    ending in a sharp point

  7. acute(adj)

    of critical importance and consequence

    "an acute (or critical) lack of research funds"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. acute(adjective)əˈkyut

    severe, very serious

    an acute shortage

  2. acuteəˈkyut

    able to sense or understand easily

    an acute awareness; an acute sense of smell


  1. acute(Noun)

    An acute accent.

    The word u201Ccafeu201D often has an acute over the u2018eu2019.

  2. acute(Verb)

    To give an acute sound to.

    He acutes his rising inflection too much.

  3. acute(Adjective)


    His need for medical attention was acute.

  4. acute(Adjective)


  5. acute(Adjective)

    Short, quick.

    It was an acute event.

  6. acute(Adjective)

    Of an angle, less than 90 degrees.

  7. acute(Adjective)

    Of a triangle, having all three interior angles measuring less than 90 degrees.

  8. acute(Adjective)

    With the sides meeting directly to form a pointed acute angle at the apex, base, or both.

  9. acute(Adjective)

    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.

  10. acute(Adjective)

    Of a short-lived condition, in contrast to a chronic condition; this sense also does not imply severity.

    The acute symptoms resolved promptly.

  11. acute(Adjective)

    Having an acute accent.

    The last letter of u201Ccafu00E9u201D is u2018eu2019 acute.

  12. Origin: From acutus, perfect passive participle of acuo. Cognate to ague.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Acute(adj)

    sharp at the end; ending in a sharp point; pointed; -- opposed to blunt or obtuse; as, an acute angle; an acute leaf

  2. Acute(adj)

    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. Acute(adj)

    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. Acute(adj)

    high, or shrill, in respect to some other sound; -- opposed to grave or low; as, an acute tone or accent

  5. Acute(adj)

    attended with symptoms of some degree of severity, and coming speedily to a crisis; -- opposed to chronic; as, an acute disease

  6. Acute(verb)

    to give an acute sound to; as, he acutes his rising inflection too much


  1. Acute

    In medicine, an acute disease is a disease with a rapid onset and/or a short course. Acute may be used to distinguish a disease from a chronic form, such as acute leukemia and chronic leukemia, or to highlight the sudden onset of a disease, such as acute myocardial infarct. The word 'acute' may also be used in the context of medicine to refer to the acute phase of injury, referring to the immediate post-injury healing processes.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Acute' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3979

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Acute' in Adjectives Frequency: #542

Anagrams of Acute

  1. Ceuta

Translations for Acute

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of a disease etc) severe but not lasting very long

They think his illness is acute rather than chronic.

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