Meaning of ACUTE in English

ACUTE

1.

You can use ~ to indicate that an undesirable situation or feeling is very severe or intense.

The report has caused ~ embarrassment to the government...

The labour shortage is becoming ~.

= severe

ADJ

2.

An ~ illness is one that becomes severe very quickly but does not last very long. Compare chronic . (MEDICAL)

...a patient with ~ rheumatoid arthritis.

ADJ: ADJ n

3.

If a person’s or animal’s sight, hearing, or sense of smell is ~, it is sensitive and powerful.

In the dark my sense of hearing becomes so ~.

= keen

ADJ

4.

An ~ angle is less than 90°. Compare obtuse angle.

ADJ

5.

An ~ accent is a symbol that is placed over vowels in some languages in order to indicate how that vowel is pronounced or over one letter in a word to indicate where it is stressed. You refer to a letter with this accent as, for example, e ~. For example, there is an ~ accent over the letter ‘e’ in the French word ‘cafe’.

ADJ: ADJ n, n ADJ

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