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

Definition of astute in English:

adjective

Having or showing an ability to accurately assess situations or people and turn this to one’s advantage: an astute businessman
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
informal on the ball, quick on the uptake, savvy

Derivatives

astuteness

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noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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  • This is from obsolete French astut or Latin astutus, from astus ‘craft’.

Words that rhyme with astute

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