Meaning of ACUTE in English




Synonyms: pointed 1, acicular, aciculate, acuminate, acuminous, cuspidate, peaked, peaky, piked, sharp

Related Word: barbed, prickly, spiky, spined, spiny

Antonyms: blunt


Synonyms: sharp 4, keen, penetrating, penetrative, quick-sighted, quick-witted, sharp-sighted, sharp-witted

Related Word: cutting, incisive, trenchant; piercing

Contrasted words: crass, dense, dull, slow, stupid

Antonyms: obtuse


perceiving clearly and sensitively

an acute ear

Synonyms: keen, perceptive, sensitive, sharp

Related Word: observant, penetrating, probing; accurate, meticulous, precise

Contrasted words: imperceptive, insensitive; imprecise, inaccurate; inexact, uncritical

Antonyms: dull


elevated in pitch

an acute note

Synonyms: argute, high, piercing, piping, sharp, shrill, thin, treble

Related Word: penetrating; reedy, screechy, shrieky, shrilly, squeaky; tinny

Contrasted words: bass, deep, low

Antonyms: grave


Synonyms: sharp 8, knifelike, piercing, shooting, stabbing


serious to the point of approaching a crisis

an acute housing shortage

Synonyms: climacteric, critical, crucial, desperate, dire

Related Word: afflictive, grave, serious; aggravated, intensified; dangerous, hazardous, menacing, perilous, precarious, threatening; exigent, urgent

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