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Definition of Acute


  1. Sharp at the end; ending in a sharp point; pointed; -- opposed to blunt or obtuse; as, an acute angle; an acute leaf.
  2. Having nice discernment; perceiving or using minute distinctions; penetrating; clever; shrewd; -- opposed to dull or stupid; as, an acute observer; acute remarks, or reasoning.
  3. Having nice or quick sensibility; susceptible to slight impressions; acting keenly on the senses; sharp; keen; intense; as, a man of acute eyesight, hearing, or feeling; acute pain or pleasure.
  4. High, or shrill, in respect to some other sound; -- opposed to grave or low; as, an acute tone or accent.
  5. Attended with symptoms of some degree of severity, and coming speedily to a crisis; -- opposed to chronic; as, an acute disease.
  6. To give an acute sound to; as, he acutes his rising inflection too much.

Acute Quotations

The most important innovators often don't need any technologies - just imagination and acute sensitivity to people's needs.
Geoff Mulgan

I think we all suffer from acute blindness at times. Life is a constant journey of trying to open your eyes. I'm just beginning my journey, and my eyes aren't fully open yet.
Olivia Thirlby

There are two men in Tolstoy. He is a mystic and he is also a realist. He is addicted to the practice of a pietism that for all its sincerity is nothing if not vague and sentimental; and he is the most acute and dispassionate of observers, the most profound and earnest student of character and emotion.
William Ernest Henley

None speak of the bravery, the might, or the intellect of Jesus; but the devil is always imagined as a being of acute intellect, political cunning, and the fiercest courage. These universal and instinctive tendencies of the human mind reveal much.
Lydia M. Child

One of the secrets of life is to keep our intellectual curiosity acute.
William Lyon Phelps
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Acute Translations

acute in Dutch is scherp, acuut, helder, voorbijgaand
acute in German is scharf, intensiv
acute in Italian is nitido, intensivo
acute in Portuguese is agudo
acute in Spanish is acre, intenso
acute in Swedish is akut, spetsig
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