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acute - Dictionary definition and meaning for word acute

(noun) a mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
Synonyms : acute accent , ague

(adj) having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course
Example Sentence
  • acute appendicitis
  • the acute phase of the illness
  • acute patients

(adj) extremely sharp or intense
Synonyms : intense
Example Sentence
  • acute pain
  • felt acute annoyance
  • intense itching and burning

(adj) having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
Example Sentence
  • 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

(adj) of an angle; less than 90 degrees
(adj) ending in a sharp point
Synonyms : acuate , needlelike , sharp

(adj) of critical importance and consequence
Example Sentence
  • an acute (or critical) lack of research funds

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for acute

A CUTE girl, we'll "quickly perceive" a cute one..."keen" to know about her..since we'll only see her for a short time in the crowd, the impact will be "brief and severe"...these are the 3 meanings...
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by Thisisnotme

acute angle is angle less than 90 degree...so angles with small measurement will have SHARP vertex...
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by nehaMD

accent=accenture=tiger woods= sharp=perfection
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by jay_gandhi

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by jay_gandhi

< 90 degree ~ cute && a + cut(e) --> sharp
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by duongtu

AIDS is an acute infectious disease. So acute means severe.
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by pankajkhatkar

acu means shapness as we studies in ACUmes: sharpness in mind and ACUity: sharpness
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by nikhilparasher

remember Tip op pin which is too sharp....
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by yadnesh88

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