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definition of the word acute

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From Latin acūtus (sharp), perfect passive participle of acuō (sharpen, make sharp).

acute (comparative more acute or acuter, superlative most acute or acutest)


more acute or acuter

most acute or acutest

  1. Urgent.
    His need for medical attention was acute.
  2. sensitive
    She had an acute sense of honor.
    Eagles have very acute vision.
  3. Short, quick.
    It was an acute event.
  4. (geometry) Of an angle, less than 90 degrees.
  5. (geometry) Of a triangle, acute-angled.
  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).
    He dropped dead of an acute illness.
  8. (medicine) Of a short-lived condition, in contrast to a chronic condition; this sense also does not imply severity.
    The acute symptoms resolved promptly.
  9. (after a letter) Having an acute accent.
    The last letter of "café" is 'e' acute.

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