Dictionary Results for acute


1. acute - noun

· a mark placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation

Synonym(s): acute_accent, ague

Hypernym(s): accent, accent_mark




2. acute - adjective

· having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course; "acute appendicitis"; "the acute phase of the illness"; "acute patients"

Antonym(s): chronic




3. acute - adjective

· extremely sharp or severe; "acute pain"; "felt acute annoyance"; "intense itching and burning"

Synonym(s): intense




4. acute - adjective

· 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"

Synonym(s): discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharp




5. acute - adjective

· of an angle; less than 90 degrees

Antonym(s): obtuse




6. acute - adjective

· ending in a sharp point

Synonym(s): acuate, sharp, needlelike




7. acute - adjective

· of critical importance and consequence; "an acute (or critical) lack of research funds"





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