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acute
as in:  acute vision


Beavers have an acute sense of smell.
  sharp (highly perceptive in some area or mentally sharp)

(often with a connotation that resulting awareness is painful)
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acute acuteness
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Acute has many reasonably common, but highly diverse senses. Accordingly, it is generally recommended that you just learn the sense (or senses) that currently interest you.
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  • Beavers have an acute sense of smell.
  • Jean Louise was acutely conscious that the Negroes were watching her.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • I’m so acutely aware of everything about him in this moment that I’m almost positive I could pick his thumbprint out of a lineup.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • ...but when I’m running outside I have to fragment my mind. I have to keep part of it constantly, acutely aware of every sound, every echo, every movement going on around me.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility

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  • For one thing, she looked the part: at eighteen she was already in long skirts, while I was acutely conscious of the six inches of thick black school-girl stockings between the hem of my dress and the top of my shoes.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Although she has come back to me now in absolute clarity, acute in every detail, the outline of her hooded shape against the lights from the bridge, the red of her heart from within the cloak, I know this didn’t happen.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • My mother’s acute senses sometimes surprise me, but now they chide me.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • But she said it with a hesitation that did not escape the acuteness of the child.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Every mouthful of food was an acute positive pleasure, now that it was truly their own food, produced by themselves and for themselves, not doled out to them by a grudging master.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • I have learned to be very acute — to read the face.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express

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  • Said I not that my senses were acute? I now tell you that I heard her first feeble movements in the hollow coffin.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • Notwithstanding his special acuteness and ability, he is unable to take a fact out of its merely political relations, and behold it as it lies absolutely to be disposed of by the intellect
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • But the gift is good in those in whom it is acute,
    William Shakespeare  --  Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • Above all was the sense of hearing acute.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Tell-Tale Heart
  • My focus became acute.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • The dead are never exactly seen by the living, but many people seem acutely aware of something changed around them.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • He was suddenly acutely conscious of the actions of other people.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • As the darkness surrounded us, I was acutely aware of how close we were walking together, and I wondered whether she felt the same.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • As always, she was acutely conscious of the fact that another day had passed, meaning one less day left with Will.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • They were, nonetheless, acutely aware of the special role that the city was destined to play in the world’s memory.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • The people who didn’t get a buzz from their first cigarette and who found the whole experience so awful that they never smoked again are probably people whose bodies are acutely sensitive to nicotine, incapable of handling it in even the smallest doses.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • he was acutely aware of what good publicity could do for him and his practice.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Nights in Rodanthe
  • Just looking at her made me acutely aware of my own height,
    Sarah Dessen  --  That Summer
  • I am so full of business I cannot answer thee acutely.
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • It may be an acutely conscious mouse, yet it is a mouse,
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • I’d spent a lot of my life listening to it from just this kind of distance, but still, it never failed to make me acutely aware of every bit of the space between me and its source.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • But as soon as he had any unpleasantness with his wife, any lack of success in his official work, or held bad cards at bridge, he was at once acutely sensible of his disease.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • You ARE acute.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • "NAH-stee-ya," Margot enunciates, and I inwardly cringe, acutely aware of the audience around us.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • I normally lose myself when I run, but this time I’m acutely aware of every single thing, from my hair, to the length of my shorts, to each drop of sweat that trails down my back.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • His enthusiasm was sincere and his criticism acute.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Moon and Sixpence
  • There was an acute interest in all their faces during this exchange of view points.
    Crane, Stephen  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • No wonder, then, that the acute Narmonee perceived the advantage my razor possessed over the usual implement.
    Melville, Herman  --  Typee
  • ...your remarks are somewhat cutting and rather disjointed, as might be expected from such acute intellects.
    Baum, L. Frank  --  The Emerald City of Oz
  • ...the gift is good in those in whom it is acute, and I am thankful for it.
    Shakespeare, William  --  Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • an acute observer of politics and politicians
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Associated words [difficulty]:   acute [2] , acumen [6] , acuity [7] , right angle [3] , obtuse [5]
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