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əˈkyutacute

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Wiktionary5.0 / 1 vote

  1. acuteadjective

    Synonyms:
    obtuse

  2. acuteadjective

    Antonyms:
    chronic

  3. acuteadjective

    To give an acute sound to.

    He acutes his rising inflection too much.

    Synonyms:
    urgent, pressing, sudden, emergent

  4. acuteadjective

    sensitive

    Synonyms:
    powerful, strong, intense, sharp, keen

    Antonyms:
    obtuse, witless, slow, dull

  5. acuteadjective

    Short, quick.

    It was an acute event.

    Synonyms:
    fast, rapid

    Antonyms:
    slow, leisurely

  6. acuteadjective

    Of a triangle, having all three interior angles measuring less than 90 degrees.

    Synonyms:
    acute-angled

    Antonyms:
    obtuse-angled, obtuse

English Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. acute

    Acute, from the Latin, suggests the sharpness of the needle's point; keen, from the Saxon, the sharpness of the cutting edge. Astute, from the Latin, with the original sense of cunning has come to have a meaning that combines the sense of acute or keen with that of sagacious. The astute mind adds to acuteness and keenness an element of cunning or finesse. The astute debater leads his opponents into a snare by getting them to make admissions, or urge arguments, of which he sees a result that they do not perceive. The acute, keen intellect may take no special advantage of these qualities; the astute mind has always a point to make for itself, and seldom fails to make it. A knowing look, air, etc., in general indicates practical knowledge with a touch of shrewdness, and perhaps of cunning; in regard to some special matter, it indicates the possession of reserved knowledge which the person could impart if he chose. Knowing has often a slightly invidious sense. We speak of a knowing rascal, meaning cunning or shrewd within a narrow range, but of a knowing horse or dog, in the sense of sagacious, implying that he knows more than could be expected of such an animal. A knowing child has more knowledge than would be looked for at his years, perhaps more than is quite desirable, while to speak of a child as intelligent is altogether complimentary.

    Synonyms:
    astute, clear-sighted, crafty, cunning, discerning, discriminating, keen, knowing, penetrating, penetrative, perspicacious, sagacious, sharp, shrewd, subtile, subtle

    Antonyms:
    blind, dull, idiotic, imbecile, shallow, short-sighted, stolid, stupid, undiscerning, unintelligent

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. acute

    Synonyms:
    pointed, penetrating, sagacious, perspicacious, keen, astute, piercing, sharp, shrewd, keen-sighted, severe, distressing

    Antonyms:
    dull, blunt, obtuse, stupid, undiscerning, heavy, chronic, stolid

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. acute accent, acute, agueadjective

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

    Synonyms:
    chills and fever, ague, acute accent

    Antonyms:
    dull, noncrucial, pointless, degenerative, unperceptive, obtuse, chronic, noncritical, unperceiving, unpointed

  2. acuteadjective

    having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course

    "acute appendicitis"; "the acute phase of the illness"; "acute patients"

    Synonyms:
    keen, penetrating, piercing, knifelike, incisive, penetrative, intense, sharp, needlelike, acuate, discriminating

    Antonyms:
    unperceiving, noncritical, noncrucial, obtuse, dull, unpointed, unperceptive, degenerative, chronic, pointless

  3. acute, intenseadjective

    extremely sharp or intense

    "acute pain"; "felt acute annoyance"; "intense itching and burning"

    Synonyms:
    keen, penetrating, vivid, piercing, knifelike, incisive, penetrative, intense, sharp, needlelike, acuate, discriminating

    Antonyms:
    unperceptive, noncritical, obtuse, unpointed, pointless, chronic, unperceiving, degenerative, noncrucial, dull

  4. acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharpadjective

    having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

    "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"

    Synonyms:
    intense, penetrative, discriminating, shrill, neat, sharp, shrewd, lancinating, nifty, sharp-worded, not bad(p), bang-up, astute, incisive, acuate, dandy, tart, smashing, cutting, bully, precipitous, needlelike, slap-up, abrupt, keen, lancinate, knifelike, corking, exquisite, groovy, great, piercing, penetrating, swell, cracking, crisp, stabbing, peachy

    Antonyms:
    noncritical, noncrucial, pointless, unperceptive, degenerative, unperceiving, obtuse, chronic, unpointed, dull

  5. acuteadjective

    of an angle; less than 90 degrees

    Synonyms:
    keen, penetrating, piercing, knifelike, incisive, penetrative, intense, sharp, needlelike, acuate, discriminating

    Antonyms:
    noncrucial, chronic, unperceptive, unperceiving, unpointed, dull, obtuse, pointless, degenerative, noncritical

  6. acuate, acute, sharp, needlelikeadjective

    ending in a sharp point

    Synonyms:
    abrupt, shrill, astute, sharp, incisive, shrewd, knifelike, crisp, keen, needlelike, precipitous, discriminating, tart, sharp-worded, acuate, penetrating, piercing, intense, penetrative

    Antonyms:
    degenerative, unperceptive, obtuse, chronic, pointless, dull, unpointed, noncritical, noncrucial, unperceiving

  7. acuteadjective

    of critical importance and consequence

    "an acute (or critical) lack of research funds"

    Synonyms:
    keen, penetrating, piercing, knifelike, incisive, penetrative, intense, sharp, needlelike, acuate, discriminating

    Antonyms:
    obtuse, degenerative, noncrucial, dull, noncritical, pointless, unpointed, chronic, unperceptive, unperceiving

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Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. acuteadjective

    Synonyms:
    sharp, pointed, ACUMINATED, CUSPIDATED

  2. acuteadjective

    Synonyms:
    keen, shrewd, discerning, knowing, quick, sharp, smart, bright, sage, sapient, sagacious, intelligent, astute, ingenious, subtle, penetrating, piercing, clear-sighted, sharp-witted, long-headed, UP TO SNUFF

  3. acuteadjective

    Synonyms:
    severe, violent, intense, poignant, exquisite, pungent

  4. acuteadjective

    Synonyms:
    high, shrill, high-toned

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD0.0 / 0 votes

  1. ACUTE

    Synonyms:
    (1) Analysis of Coronary Ultrasound Thrombolysis Endpoints in Acute Myocardial Infarction,, (2) Assessment of Cardioversion Utilizing Transesophageal Echocardiography

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  1. Acute

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How to use acute in a sentence?

  1. Sheik Mohammed:

    It’s a critical integrated package of life saving with sanitation, promotion, treatment of acute malnutrition and treatment of common illnesses and including vaccinations.

  2. Panagis Galiatsatos:

    These are not innocent chemicals that are in the electronic cigarette pods and the health ramifications of what we're going to be seeing is a lot of rather uncommon diseases, electronic vaping acute lung injury : that's a whole new novel lung disease that we have now.

  3. United States:

    We've made it very clear, every time I've been up here, about the co-morbidities, this has been known from the beginning. So those individuals will have an underlying condition, but that underlying condition did not cause their acute death when it's related to a Covid infection.

  4. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Dr. John H. Watson, referring to Sherlock Holmes, in "A Scandal in Bohemia":

    The stage lost a fine actor, just as science lost an acute reasoner, when he became a specialist in crime.

  5. Chief Financial Officer Ewan Stevenson:

    There will be revenue impacts which will become progressively more acute if the coronavirus was to continue beyond the next month to six weeks.


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