Definitions for Acuteəˈkyut
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word Acute
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
sharp or severe in effect; intense:
extremely great or serious:
an acute shortage of oil.
(of disease) brief and severe
Ref: (disting. from chronic ).
penetrating in intellect, insight, or perception.
sensitive even to slight details or impressions:
sharp at the end; pointed.
(of an angle) less than 90°. (of a triangle) containing only acute angles.
Ref: See diag. at triangle . art
consisting of, indicated by, or bearing an acute accent.
Origin of acute:
1560–70; < L acūtus sharpened, ptp. of acuere, akin to acus needle
acute accent, acute, ague(adj)
a mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course
"acute appendicitis"; "the acute phase of the illness"; "acute patients"
extremely sharp or intense
"acute pain"; "felt acute annoyance"; "intense itching and burning"
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"
of an angle; less than 90 degrees
acuate, acute, sharp, needlelike(adj)
ending in a sharp point
of critical importance and consequence
"an acute (or critical) lack of research funds"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
severe, very serious
an acute shortage
able to sense or understand easily
an acute awareness; an acute sense of smell
An acute accent.
The word u201Ccafeu201D often has an acute over the u2018eu2019.
To give an acute sound to.
He acutes his rising inflection too much.
His need for medical attention was acute.
It was an acute event.
Of an angle, less than 90 degrees.
Of a triangle, having all three interior angles measuring less than 90 degrees.
With the sides meeting directly to form a pointed acute angle at the apex, base, or both.
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.
Of a short-lived condition, in contrast to a chronic condition; this sense also does not imply severity.
The acute symptoms resolved promptly.
Having an acute accent.
The last letter of u201Ccafu00E9u201D is u2018eu2019 acute.
Origin: From acutus, perfect passive participle of acuo. Cognate to ague.
sharp at the end; ending in a sharp point; pointed; -- opposed to blunt or obtuse; as, an acute angle; an acute leaf
having nice discernment; perceiving or using minute distinctions; penetrating; clever; shrewd; -- opposed to dull or stupid; as, an acute observer; acute remarks, or reasoning
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
high, or shrill, in respect to some other sound; -- opposed to grave or low; as, an acute tone or accent
attended with symptoms of some degree of severity, and coming speedily to a crisis; -- opposed to chronic; as, an acute disease
to give an acute sound to; as, he acutes his rising inflection too much
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
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Acute' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3979
Rank popularity for the word 'Acute' in Adjectives Frequency: #542
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.
- قَاس، مُبَرِّح، شَدِيدArabic
- agudoPortuguese (BR)
- شدید ولی زودگذرFarsi
- חָמוּר, חָדHebrew
- heveny; fokozódóHungarian
- acuto, acutaItalian
- (병이) 급성의Korean
- شدید ولی زودگذرPersian
- تيزاو تيزتلونكيPashto
- akútny, náhly, prudkýSlovak
- 急性的Chinese (Trad.)
- مر ضِ حار ، شدیدUrdu
- cấp tínhVietnamese
- 急性的Chinese (Simp.)
Get even more translations for Acute »
Find a translation for the Acute definition in other languages:
Select another language: