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acute

[ uh-kyoot ]
/ əˈkyut /
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adjective

noun

the acute accent.

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Origin of acute

First recorded in 1560–70; from Latin acūtus “sharpened,” past participle of acuere (acū-, verb stem, akin to acus “needle,” ācer “sharp” + -tus past participle suffix)
4. Acute, penetrating, shrewd imply a keenness of understanding, perception, or insight. Acute suggests particularly a clearness of perception and a realization of related meanings: an acute intellect. Penetrating adds the idea of depth of perception and a realization of implications: a wise and penetrating judgment. Shrewd adds the idea of knowing how to apply practically (or to one's own advantage) what one perceives and understands: wary and shrewd.
acute , chronic
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British Dictionary definitions for acute

acute
/ (əˈkjuːt) /

adjective

noun

an acute accent
acutely, adverbacuteness, noun
C14: from Latin acūtus, past participle of acuere to sharpen, from acus needle
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Medical definitions for acute

acute
[ ə-kyōōt ]

adj.

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.
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Scientific definitions for acute

acute
[ ə-kyōōt ]

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.
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