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ACUTE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does acute mean? 

ACUTE (noun)
  The noun ACUTE has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: ACUTE used as a noun is very rare.


ACUTE (adjective)
  The adjective ACUTE has 6 senses:

1. having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course
2. extremely sharp or intense
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

  Familiarity information: ACUTE used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


ACUTE (noun)


Sense 1acute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

acute; acute accent; ague

Hypernyms ("acute" is a kind of...):

accent; accent mark (a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation)


ACUTE (adjective)


Sense 1acute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course

Context examples:

acute appendicitis / the acute phase of the illness / acute patients

Similar:

subacute (less than acute; relating to a disease present in a person with no symptoms of it)

Domain category:

medical specialty; medicine (the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques)

Antonym:

chronic (being long-lasting and recurrent or characterized by long suffering)


Sense 2acute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Extremely sharp or intense

Synonyms:

intense; acute

Context examples:

acute pain / felt acute annoyance / intense itching and burning

Similar:

sharp (keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point)


Sense 3acute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

Synonyms:

piercing; penetrative; penetrating; keen; incisive; knifelike; discriminating; acute; sharp

Context examples:

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

Similar:

perceptive (having the ability to perceive or understand; keen in discernment)


Sense 4acute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of an angle; less than 90 degrees

Antonym:

obtuse (of an angle; between 90 and 180 degrees)


Sense 5acute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Ending in a sharp point

Synonyms:

needlelike; acuate; sharp; acute

Similar:

pointed (having a point)


Sense 6acute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of critical importance and consequence

Context example:

an acute (or critical) lack of research funds

Similar:

critical (being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency)


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