What does acute mean?

Definitions for acute
əˈkyutacute

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word acute.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. acute accent, acute, agueadjective

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

  2. acuteadjective

    having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course

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

  3. acute, intenseadjective

    extremely sharp or intense

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

  4. acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharpadjective

    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. acuteadjective

    of an angle; less than 90 degrees

  6. acuate, acute, sharp, needlelikeadjective

    ending in a sharp point

  7. acuteadjective

    of critical importance and consequence

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

Wiktionary

  1. acutenoun

    An acute accent.

    The word u201Ccafeu201D often has an acute over the u2018e'.

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

  2. acuteverb

    To give an acute sound to.

    He acutes his rising inflection too much.

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

  3. acuteadjective

    Urgent.

    His need for medical attention was acute.

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

  4. acuteadjective

    sensitive

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

  5. acuteadjective

    Short, quick.

    It was an acute event.

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

  6. acuteadjective

    Of an angle, less than 90 degrees.

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

  7. acuteadjective

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

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

  8. acuteadjective

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

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

  9. acuteadjective

    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.

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

  10. acuteadjective

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

    The acute symptoms resolved promptly.

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

  11. acuteadjective

    Having an acute accent.

    The last letter of u201Ccafu00E9u201D is u2018e' acute.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Acuteadjective

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

  2. Acuteadjective

    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. Acuteadjective

    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. Acuteadjective

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

  5. Acuteadjective

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

  6. Acuteverb

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

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Acute

    ak-ūt′, adj. sharp-pointed: keen: opp. of dull: shrewd: shrill: critical.—adv. Acute′ly.—n. Acute′ness.—Acute angle, an angle less than a right angle (see Angle); Acute disease, one coming to a violent crisis, as opp. to Chronic. [L. acutus, pa.p. of acuĕre, to sharpen, from root ak, sharp.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. acute

    Terminating in a point, and opposed to obtuse. An acute angle is less than a right one, or within 90°.

Entomology

  1. Acute

    pointed: terminating in or forming less than a right angle.

Matched Categories

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

How to pronounce acute?

How to say acute in sign language?

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of acute in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of acute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of acute in a Sentence

  1. Matthew Sims:

    So, for the common cold versions of the coronavirus, they tend to last a short time, but studies with SARS [Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome]and MERS [Middle East Respiratory Syndrome], the other two very serious coronaviruses, say they last a couple of years, two, threeyears, but it may actually last even longer than that if you have whats called natural boosting, which means the virus is circulating in the environment and youre exposed to it and that triggers your immune system to make new antibodies ...So thats one of the things were going to find out, how long do these antibodies last?

  2. Molly Fox:

    Because breastfeeding has also been found to help regulate stress, promote infant bonding and lower the risk of post-partum depression, which suggest acute neurocognitive benefits for the mother, we suspected that it could also be associated with long-term superior cognitive performance for the mother as well.

  3. Julian Knight:

    Social media companies once alerted to this abuse have an acute responsibility to immediately take it down, the Government needs to get on with legislating the tech giants. Enough of the foot dragging, all those who suffer at the hand of racists, not just England players, deserve better protections now.

  4. Giuseppe Lippi:

    Heavy alcohol consumption must always be avoided, not only for the risk of cardiovascular disease, but also because it causes acute injury to the liver and to the central nervous system, moreover, especially with binge drinking, the risk of car accidents increases by many folds.

  5. Paul Auerbach:

    They will likely be dehydrated and suffer from acute malnutrition, which will combine to make them weak, so they will need to have a great deal of assistance for safety, they have lost muscle mass and may have body chemistry abnormalities. So the medical evaluation and treatment will undoubtedly include rehydration, either intravenously or orally. It's possible that some of them may have suffered infectious diarrhea.

Images & Illustrations of acute

  1. acuteacuteacuteacuteacute

Popularity rank by frequency of use

acute#1#5690#10000

Translations for acute

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for acute »

Translation

Find a translation for the acute definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Discuss these acute definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "acute." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 25 Oct. 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/acute>.

    Are we missing a good definition for acute? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    standing above others in quality or position
    • A. eloquent
    • B. articulate
    • C. eminent
    • D. unsealed

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for acute: