- sharp or severe in effect; intense: acute sorrow; an acute pain.
- extremely great or serious; crucial; critical: an acute shortage of oil.
- (of disease) brief and severe (opposed to chronic).
- sharp or penetrating in intellect, insight, or perception: an acute observer.
- extremely sensitive even to slight details or impressions: acute eyesight.
- sharp at the end; ending in a point.
- (of an angle) less than 90°.
- (of a triangle) containing only acute angles.
- consisting of, indicated by, or bearing the mark ´, placed over vowel symbols in some languages to show that the vowels or the syllables they are in are pronounced in a certain way, as in French that the quality of an e so marked is close; in Hungarian that the vowel is long; in Spanish that the marked syllable bears the word accent; in Ibo that it is pronounced with high tones; or in classical Greek, where the mark originated, that the syllable bears the word accent and is pronounced, according to the ancient grammarians, with raised pitch (opposed to grave): the acute accent; an acute e.
- the acute accent.
Origin of acute
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Examples from the Web for acutely
When the body of Johnson was exhumed, the medical examiner was acutely chagrined when six .22 caliber rounds were removed from it.The Myth of the Central Park Five
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In all, 38 samples were collected from 23 acutely infected patients.Did One Liberian Prostitute Give Ebola to Eight Soldiers?
October 7, 2014
They, too, would be acutely nervous about revealing the capabilities of their assets.The Worst Place in the World for MH370 to Go Missing
April 5, 2014
McKamey had already been acutely aware of the danger of head injury in football.Navy Football Player Will McKamey Died This Week From Brain Injury. Who’s to Blame?
March 27, 2014
Cambridge, Harvard and Yale, among other top universities—also make them acutely vulnerable to eating disorders?Are Britain’s Private Schools Breeding Grounds For Anorexia?
March 3, 2014
Now he was active, acutely aware of himself and all his wants.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The parson was acutely moved for the anguish he had not probed.Meadow Grass
He was acutely conscious of the mist of which Hermione had thought.A Spirit in Prison
At that moment the old painter must have been acutely conscious of his fall.His Masterpiece
When she caught hold of her fork she began to tremble so acutely that she let it fall again.L'Assommoir
- penetrating in perception or insight
- sensitive to details; keen
- of extreme importance; crucial
- sharp or severe; intenseacute pain; an acute drought
- having a sharp end or point
- (of an angle) less than 90°
- (of a triangle) having all its interior angles less than 90°
- (of a disease)
- arising suddenly and manifesting intense severity
- of relatively short durationCompare chronic (def. 2)
- (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
- 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), etcCompare (for senses 8a, 8b): grave, circumflex
- (of a hospital, hospital bed, or ward) intended to accommodate short-term patients with acute illnesses
- an acute accent
Word Origin and History for acutely
late 14c., originally of fevers and diseases, "coming and going quickly" (opposed to a chronic), from Latin acutus "sharp, pointed," figuratively "shrill, penetrating; intelligent, cunning," past participle of acuere "sharpen" (see acuity). Meaning "sharp, irritating" is from early 15c. Meaning "intense" is from 1727. Related: Acutely; acuteness.
- Pointed at the end; sharp.
- Of or relating to a disease or a condition with a rapid onset and a short, severe course.
- Of or relating to a patient afflicted with such a disease.
- Reacting readily to stimuli or impressions, as hearing or eyesight; sensitive.
- Relating to an illness that has a rapid onset and follows a short but severe course. Compare chronic.
- Having an acute angle.