Definitions of acute:
  • noun:   a mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
  • adjective:   having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
    Example: "An acute observer of politics and politicians"
  • adjective:   of an angle; less than 90 degrees
  • adjective:   having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course
    Example: "Acute appendicitis"
  • adjective:   of critical importance and consequence
    Example: "An acute (or critical) lack of research funds"
  • adjective:   extremely sharp or intense
    Example: "Acute pain"
  • adjective:   ending in a sharp point

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