Meaning of ACUTE in English


adj. & n.

--adj. (acuter, acutest)

1. (of sensation or senses) keen, penetrating.

2 shrewd, perceptive (an acute critic).

3 (of a disease) coming sharply to a crisis; severe, not chronic.

4 (of a difficulty or controversy) critical, serious.

5 a (of an angle) less than 90°. b sharp, pointed.

6 (of a sound) high, shrill.

--n. acute accent.

Phrases and idioms:

acute accent a mark (


) placed over letters in some languages to show quality, vowel length, pronunciation (e.g. mat{eacute}), etc. acute rheumatism Med. rheumatic fever.


acutely adv. acuteness n.

Etymology: L acutus past part. of acuere sharpen f. acus needle

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.