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English adjective: acute

1. acute having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course


SamplesAcute appendicitis.
The acute phase of the illness.
Acute patients.


Similarsubacute


Domain categorymedical specialty, medicine


Antonymschronic

2. acute extremely sharp or intense


SamplesAcute pain.
Felt acute annoyance.
Intense itching and burning.


Synonymsintense


Similarsharp


Antonymsdull

3. acute having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions


SamplesAn 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.


Synonymsdiscriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharp


Similarperceptive


Antonymsunperceiving, unperceptive

4. acute of an angle; less than 90 degrees


Antonymsobtuse

5. acute ending in a sharp point


Synonymsacuate, needlelike, sharp


Similarpointed


Antonymspointless, unpointed

6. acute of critical importance and consequence


SamplesAn acute (or critical) lack of research funds.


Similarcritical


Antonymsnoncritical, noncrucial


English noun: acute

1. acute (communication) a mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation


Synonymsacute accent, ague


Broader (hypernym)accent, accent mark









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