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a·cute

 (ə-kyo͞ot′)
adj.
1.
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.
2. Extremely sharp or severe; intense: acute pain; acute pleasure.
3. Of great importance or consequence; critical: an acute shortage of funds.
4. 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.
5. High in pitch; shrill: an acute scream.
6.
a. Narrowly pointed; sharp: an acute leaf.
b. Having an acute angle: an acute triangle.

[Latin acūtus, past participle of acuere, to sharpen, from acus, needle; see ak- in Indo-European roots.]

a·cute′ly adv.
a·cute′ness n.

acute

(əˈkjuːt)
adj
1. penetrating in perception or insight
2. sensitive to details; keen
3. of extreme importance; crucial
4. sharp or severe; intense: acute pain; an acute drought.
5. having a sharp end or point
6. (Mathematics) maths
a. (of an angle) less than 90°
b. (of a triangle) having all its interior angles less than 90°
7. (Medicine) (of a disease)
a. arising suddenly and manifesting intense severity
b. of relatively short duration. Compare chronic2
8. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics
a. (of a vowel or syllable in some languages with a pitch accent, such as ancient Greek) spoken or sung on a higher musical pitch relative to neighbouring syllables or vowels
b. of or relating to an accent (´) placed over vowels, denoting that the vowel is pronounced with higher musical pitch (as in ancient Greek), with a certain special quality (as in French), etc. Compare (for senses 8a, 8b): grave or circumflex
9. (Medicine) (of a hospital, hospital bed, or ward) intended to accommodate short-term patients with acute illnesses
n
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) an acute accent
[C14: from Latin acūtus, past participle of acuere to sharpen, from acus needle]
aˈcutely adv
aˈcuteness n

a•cute

(əˈkyut)

adj.
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 (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.
a. (of an angle) less than 90°.
b. (of a triangle) containing only acute angles. See diag. at triangle.
8. consisting of, indicated by, or bearing an acute accent.
[1560–70; < Latin acūtus sharpened, past participle of acuere, akin to acus needle]
a•cute′ly, adv.
a•cute′ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.acute - a mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
accent mark, accent - a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation
Adj.1.acute - having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe courseacute - having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course; "acute appendicitis"; "the acute phase of the illness"; "acute patients"
medical specialty, medicine - the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques
chronic - being long-lasting and recurrent or characterized by long suffering; "chronic indigestion"; "a chronic shortage of funds"; "a chronic invalid"
2.acute - extremely sharp or intenseacute - extremely sharp or intense; "acute pain"; "felt acute annoyance"; "intense itching and burning"
sharp - keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point; "a sharp pain"; "sharp winds"
3.acute - having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctionsacute - 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"
perceptive - having the ability to perceive or understand; keen in discernment; "a perceptive eye"; "a perceptive observation"
4.acute - of an angleacute - of an angle; less than 90 degrees  
obtuse - of an angle; between 90 and 180 degrees
5.acute - ending in a sharp pointacute - ending in a sharp point    
pointed - having a point
6.acute - of critical importance and consequenceacute - of critical importance and consequence; "an acute (or critical) lack of research funds"
critical - being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency; "a critical shortage of food"; "a critical illness"; "an illness at the critical stage"

acute

adjective
1. serious, important, dangerous, critical, crucial, alarming, severe, grave, sudden, urgent, decisive The war aggravated an acute economic crisis.
3. keen, good, penetrating, finely honed In the dark my sense of smell and hearing become so acute.
5. intense, serious, deep, concentrated, severe, extreme, fierce, harsh, intensive, excessive, profound, agonizing a patient with acute rheumatoid arthritis

acute

adjective
2. Possessing or displaying perceptions of great accuracy and sensitivity:
3. So serious as to be at the point of crisis or necessary to resolve a crisis:
4. Marked by severity or intensity:
5. Music. Elevated in pitch:
Translations
حِسْذَكَاءصَوتقَاس، مُبَرِّح، شَدِيدنَقْص
akutníbystrýjemnýkritickýostrý
akutfinskarpskarpsindig
ägelihtrõhk
akuuttikiireinentarkkaterävä
akutheveny
ákafur, alvarlegurbráîurnæmurskarpur
aštriaididelisįžvalgussmailus kampasūmiai
akūtsassatjautīgsīstsliels
akútny

acute

[əˈkjuːt] ADJ
1. (= intense) [crisis, shortage, problem] → grave; [anxiety, joy] → profundo, intenso; [pain] → agudo; [discomfort] → fuerte
the report has caused the government acute embarrassmentel informe ha puesto en una situación de lo más embarazosa al gobierno
to become acute [shortage, problem] → agravarse
2. (= keen) [hearing] → fino, agudo; [sense of smell] → fino
to have acute powers of observationtener agudas or grandes dotes de observación
3. (= shrewd) [person, mind, comment] → agudo, perspicaz
that was very acute of you!¡qué perspicaz!¡eres un lince!
4. (Med) [illness, case, appendicitis] → agudo
5. (Geom) [angle] → agudo
6. (Ling) [accent] → agudo
e acutee con acento agudo

acute

[əˈkjuːt] adj
(= severe) [crisis, shortage] → grave; [embarrassment] → profond(e)
(MEDICINE) [illness, arthritis] → aigu(ë)
(= keen, perceptive) [mind, observer] → clairvoyant(e); [hearing] → fin(e); [eyesight] → perçant(e)
e acute → e accent aigu

acute

adj
(= intense, serious) pain, shortage, appendicitisakut; pleasureintensiv; acute beds (Med) → Akutbetten pl
(= extreme) situation, problem, anxietyakut; embarrassmentriesig
(= keen) eyesightscharf; hearing, sense of smellfein
(= shrewd)scharf; personscharfsinnig; childaufgeweckt
(Math) anglespitz
(Ling) acute accentAkut m; e acutee Akut
n (Ling) → Akut m

acute

[əˈkjuːt] adj (eyesight, accent, angle) → acuto/a; (hearing, smell) → fine; (pain, anxiety, joy) → intenso/a; (crisis, shortage) → grave; (person, mind) → perspicace, dotato/a di acume

acute

(əˈkjuːt) adjective
1. (of a disease etc) severe but not lasting very long. They think his illness is acute rather than chronic.
2. very great. There is an acute shortage of teachers.
3. quick-witted. As a businessman, he's very acute.
4. (of the senses) keen. acute hearing.
5. high, shrill s high sound.
acute angle
an angle of less than ninety degrees.
aˈcutely adverb
aˈcuteness noun

a·cute

a. agudo-a punzante;
___-care-centercentro-de-emergencia;
___ care facilitycentro de cuidado crítico;
an ___ painun dolor ___;
___ly illgravemente enfermo-a.

acute

adj agudo
References in classic literature ?
thought Hepzibah, who had been screwing her visual organs into the acutest focus of which they were capable.
For an instant, the gaze of the horror-stricken multitude was concentrated on the ghastly miracle; while the minister stood, with a flush of triumph in his face, as one who, in the crisis of acutest pain, had won a victory.
All untidiness, all want of system and regularity, cause me the acutest irritation.
Why, the whole point, the real sting of it lay in the fact that continually, even in the moment of the acutest spleen, I was inwardly conscious with shame that I was not only not a spiteful but not even an embittered man, that I was simply scaring sparrows at random and amusing myself by it.
instability, and the other to its derision for disappointed hopes, and involving them both in misery of the acutest kind.
The salt water and the fine sand had got into his wounds, and caused him the acutest pain.
Nioche, having assured him that, so far as he was concerned, the blue-cloaked Madonna herself might have been present at his interview with Mademoiselle Noemie; and left the old man nursing his breast-pocket, in an ecstasy which the acutest misfortune might have been defied to dissipate.
The acutest observer could have discovered nothing that was noticeable or characteristic in her personal appearance.
If I were to draw the curtains, and look out of that window, I should feel the acutest pain all over my face.
On the other hand, the acutest observer by examining the dead body of the water-ouzel would never have suspected its sub-aquatic habits; yet this anomalous member of the strictly terrestrial thrush family wholly subsists by diving,--grasping the stones with its feet and using its wings under water.
A perfectly black object, he contended, would elude and defy the acutest vision.
That which is great, the acutest eye is at present insensible to it.