[ uh-kyoot ]
/ əˈkyut /
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.
Words nearby acute
Origin of acute
1560–70; < Latin acūtus sharpened, past participle of acuere (acū-, v. stem, akin to acus needle, ācer sharp + -tus past participle suffix)
SYNONYMS FOR acute
ANTONYMS FOR acute
1, 4, 5 dull.
OTHER WORDS FROM acute
a·cute·ly, adverba·cute·ness, nounhy·per·a·cute, adjectivehy·per·a·cute·ly, adverb
hy·per·a·cute·ness, nounnon·a·cute, adjectivenon·a·cute·ly, adverbnon·a·cute·ness, nouno·ver·a·cute, adjectiveo·ver·a·cute·ly, adverbo·ver·a·cute·ness, nounsu·per·a·cute, adjectivesu·per·a·cute·ly, adverbsu·per·a·cute·ness, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH acuteacute chronic
synonym study for acute
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.
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Examples from the Web for superacute
He lifted his head suddenly, thinking, in his superacute state of mind, that he had heard a noise.The Plunderer|Roy Norton
British Dictionary definitions for superacute
/ (əˈkjuːt) /
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
Derived forms of acuteacutely, adverbacuteness, noun
Word Origin for acute
C14: from Latin acūtus, past participle of acuere to sharpen, from acus needle
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Medicine definitions for superacute (1 of 2)
[ sōō′pər-ə-kyōōt′ ]
Marked by great severity of symptoms and rapid progress; extremely acute. Used of the course of a disease.
Medicine definitions for superacute (2 of 2)
[ ə-kyōōt′ ]
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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Science definitions for superacute
[ 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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