Definition of astute in English:


Syllabification: as·tute
Pronunciation: /əˈst(y)o͞ot


Having or showing an ability to accurately assess situations or people and turn this to one’s advantage: an astute businessman
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  • He is said to be acutely focused and astute in assessing what he should and should not buy.
  • I regard him as an astute businessman who is very conscious of the value of capital.
  • Our leader is intelligent and astute, as we have seen with her handling of Iraq.
shrewd, sharp, acute, adroit, quick, clever, crafty, intelligent, bright, smart, canny, intuitive, perceptive, insightful, incisive, sagacious, wise
informal on the ball, quick on the uptake, savvy


early 17th century: from obsolete French astut or Latin astutus, from astus 'craft'.



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  • Buckley once astutely described football as a placebo for the masses - something ineffectual that the fans mistakenly believe to be authentic.
  • People, as John Howard very astutely said, want to feel relaxed and comfortable.
  • The film's final moments astutely sum up the final, unequivocal victory of capitalism.


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  • He is known far and wide, not for his intellectual astuteness or classroom achievements, but for his ability to energize campus social life.
  • An increasingly educated electorate can spot bias with greater acumen and astuteness than ever before.
  • I want to thank Brian Gelling for his foresight and astuteness in handling the negotiations.

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