Meaning of ACUTE in English
/ əˈkjuːt; NAmE / adjective
very serious or severe :
There is an acute shortage of water.
the world's acute environmental problems
Competition for jobs is acute.
an acute illness is one that has quickly become severe and dangerous :
( of the senses ) very sensitive and well developed
SYN keen :
Dogs have an acute sense of smell.
intelligent and quick to notice and understand things :
He is an acute observer of the social scene.
Her judgement is acute.
( geometry ) ( of an angle ) less than 90°
► acute·ness noun [ U ]
late Middle English (describing a disease or its symptoms): from Latin acutus , past participle of acuere sharpen, from acus needle.
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005