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Definition of the adjective acute

What does acute mean as an attribute of a noun?

Acute is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: more acute / acuter | most acute / acutest

  1. having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course
  2. extremely sharp or severe
    • examples: acute pain | felt acute annoyance
    • synonym of acute: intense
    • similar: sharp
  3. having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
  4. of an angle; less than 90 degrees
  5. ending in a sharp point
  6. of critical importance and consequence
    • example: an acute (or critical) lack of research funds
    • similar: critical

Alternative definition of the adjective acute


  1. See Urgent.
  2. See sensitive.
  3. Short, quick.
  4. [geometry] Of an angle, less than 90 degrees.
  5. [geometry] Of a triangle, having all three interior angles measuring less than 90 degrees.
  6. [botany, of leaves] With the sides meeting directly to form a pointed acute angle at the apex, base, or both.
  7. [medicine] Of an abnormal condition of recent or sudden onset, in contrast to delayed onset; this sense does not imply severity (unlike the common usage).
  8. [medicine] Of a short-lived condition, in contrast to a chronic condition; this sense also does not imply severity.
  9. [context: orthography, after a letter] Having an acute accent.

Definition of the adjective acute for high school students

    sharp, severe
    • example: Arnold could not walk because the pain in his foot was so acute.
    having keen insight
    • example: Because she was so acute, Libby instantly figured out how the magician pulled off his "magic".

The adjective acute is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Definition of the noun acute

What does acute mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: acutes

  1. a mark placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation

Alternative definition of the noun acute


  1. [orthography] An acute accent.

Specialised definition of the noun acute

Glossary of sports

referring to pain which is sharp and intence (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb acute

What does acute mean as a doing word?


  1. [phonetics] To give an acute sound to.

Phrases with Acute

  1. Acute Dock
  2. acute angle
  3. Acute Sedge
  4. acute accent
  5. Acute Elimia
  6. acute-angled
  7. acute glaucoma
  8. acute leukemia
  9. Acute toxicity
  10. acute triangle
  11. acute gastritis
  12. acute glossitis
  13. Acute Spikerush
  14. Acute Barleysnail
  15. Acute Blindia Moss
  16. acute renal failure
  17. acute brain disorder
  18. acute kidney failure
  19. Double acute accent
  20. Accent Acute

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Acute

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Google previewThe Industrial Primary Arithmetic (1891)

by James Baldwin

Write under it its name : An Acute Triangle. The word acute means sharp. 8. Draw a triangle having one angle more open than that of a right triangle. Write under it its name : An Obtuse Triangle. The word obtuse means dull. CLASS WORK. 1.

Google previewLewis' Dictionary of Toxicology (1998)

by Robert Alan Lewis

active immunity acute radiation syndrome active immunity. resistance to disease effected by the production of antibodies by an organism in response to antigens from a pathogen or disease organism. active metabolite. See metabolite. active ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Elder Care (2007)

The Comprehensive Resource on Geriatric and Social Care, Second Edition by Eugenia L. Siegler MD, FACP, Elizabeth Capezuti PhD, RN, FAAN, Mathy Mezey EdD, RN, FAAN

MEREDITH WALLACE ELLEN FLAHERTY See Also Over-the-Counter Drugs and Self-Medication Pain: Acute...

ACUTE. "Pain is most poorly managed in those most defenseless against it — the young and the old" (Lieb- skind & Melzack, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Nursing Research, Third Edition (2011)

by Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, Meredith Kazer, PhD, APRN, A/GNP-BC

Several studies have recently documented the essential nature of continuity of care across settings for optimal acute care outcomes (Boyd et al., 2010; Counsell, Callahan, Tu, Stump, & Arling, 2009). increasingly, critical care of older adults ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Cancer (2011)

by Manfred Schwab

Acute megakaryoblastic leukemia in children and adolescents, excluding Down's syndrome: improved outcome with intensified induction ...

Google previewThe A-Z Encyclopedia of Alcohol and Drug Abuse (2002)

by Thomas Nordegren

Acute intoxication .00 Uncomplicated .01 ...

Google previewMcGraw-Hill Medical Dictionary for Allied Health (2007)

by Myrna Breskin, Kevin Dumith, Enid Pearsons, Robert Seeman

acupuncture acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis Acupuncturist acupuncture /ák' yöö pungk'chor/ a Chinese therapeutic treatment in which fine needles are inserted into specific sites along meridians on the body to bring about change in the ...

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Quotes about Acute

Suffering is none the less acute and much more lasting when it is put into words. (Evelyn Waugh)
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Scrabble value of A1C3U1T1E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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