Definition of acute in English:


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Pronunciation: /əˈkjuːt


  • 3(Of an angle) less than 90°.
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    • It has a large posterior auricle that has a concave posterior margin meeting the hinge at an acute angle.
    • An Adam Heyslip corner from the right was met by the unmarked Darren Flanagan at the back post and from an acute angle, he tucked the ball to the corner of the net giving the keeper little chance.
    • As Pelonis describes it, many compression ceilings are set at an acute angle to the front wall and are typically very hard.
  • 3.1Having a sharp end; pointed.
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    • When you make the drill, do not make the cutting edges so sharp or too acute.


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  • short for acute accent.
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    • The word côte has no acute on the "e" at the end of the word while coté does.
    • My name is pronounced Colay and has an acute on the e.



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  • The intelligence and analytical acuteness you bring to the site have been an inspiration to me.
  • These pursuits require mental acuteness, intellectual agility and detailed analysis.
  • The acuteness and expanse of his vision, his documentary power, and his grace and skill as an artist make his work devastatingly, frighteningly immediate.


late Middle English (describing a disease or its symptoms): from Latin acutus, past participle of acuere 'sharpen', from acus 'needle'.

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