Definition of acutely in English:

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acutely

Pronunciation: /əˈkjuːtli/

adverb

[usually as submodifier]
1(With reference to something unpleasant or unwelcome) intensely: the whole situation was acutely embarrassing Elizabeth felt Jane’s distress acutely
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  • In fact, the wielder may suffer more acutely than others.
  • Regulations allow a maximum of 55 gallons of hazardous waste or 1 quart of acutely hazardous waste at each satellite accumulation area.
  • She was recently admitted to hospital with an acutely painful, swollen knee.
Synonyms
informal well, seriously, majorly, oh-so
informal, dated jolly, devilish
North American informal mighty, plumb
South African informal lekker
1.1(In relation to illness) in a way that progresses rapidly but lasts for a short period: an acutely inflamed gall bladder
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  • If the patient is not acutely ill, treat them as an outpatient for 10 days to 6 weeks.
  • Later, the child appears acutely ill with fever, upper airway compromise, and respiratory distress.
  • The use of high-resolution transducers and graded compression make it possible to visualize directly an acutely inflamed appendix in patients of any age.
2In a way that shows a perceptive understanding or insight: we are all acutely aware of the fragility of our world
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  • The General sits in his lifeless castle, the decadence of his environment acutely described.
  • Leibniz, for all his Aristotelian credentials, was not acutely aware of the Aristotelian Problem of First Principles.
  • Charged with leading Dominique's disciples, he is acutely conscious of the limits imposed on their potential for accomplishment.

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