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

Definition of astute in English:


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.
informal on the ball, quick on the uptake, savvy


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



Example sentences
  • 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.


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.

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