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1  —as in:
acute pain
Definition sharp (severe or strong) — usually negative
  • She felt an acute pain in her neck.
acute = sharp (severe or very bad)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I am acutely aware of the problem.
  • acutely = very
  • She had acute appendicitis.
  • acute = very bad
  • I felt acute annoyance.
  • acute = severely negative
  • We're facing an acute lack of research funds.
  • acute = severely negative
  • He suffers acutely on the way.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • acutely = severely
  • We should suffer acutely if we were confined in a narrower space.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • acutely = severely
  • She realized that she could move her fingers and toes with comparative freedom, and the pain was no longer so acute.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • acute = severe (bad)
  • There was never enough air in the world, but the shortage was particularly acute in that moment.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • acute = severe
  • There was something pathetic in his concentration, as if his complacency, more acute than of old, was not enough to him any more.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
acute = severely negative

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2  —as in:
acute sense of smell
Definition sharp (highly perceptive in some area or mentally sharp)
  • Dogs have an acute sense of smell.
acute = excellent (highly perceptive)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • That is an acute observation.
  • acute = sharp (astute or smart)
  • Birds tend to have acute vision.
  • acute = sharp (highly perceptive)
  • Beavers have poor eyesight, but an acute sense of smell.
  • acute = very good
  • And he was vain: I do not believe I have ever met a more physically attractive person who was more acutely aware of his own physical attractiveness.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • acutely = highly
  • In some ways she was far more acute than Winston, and far less susceptible to Party propaganda.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • acute = intelligent (sharp or perceptive)
  • He was conscious of the judge's acute logical brain.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • acute = sharp and perceptive
  • But she said it with a hesitation that did not escape the acuteness of the child.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • acuteness = intelligence (sharpness or high perceptiveness)
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Lucy is so sweet and sensitive that she feels influences more acutely than other people do.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • acutely = sharply (with more awareness)
  • My interest grew more acute with every deadening hour in the junkyard, until one day I had a bizarre thought: that I should enroll in the public school.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
acute = strongly felt

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3  —as in:
an acute angle
Definition ending in a narrow point or angle; or describing an angle measuring less than 90 degrees
  • Roofs at acute angles are common in snow country.
acute angles = sharp (pointed)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • All the angles of that triangle are acute.
  • acute = less than 90 degrees
  • She kept her foot permanently on the accelerator, and took every corner at an acute angle.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • acute angle = sharp
  • Two long panes of chest-high, dirty, gray-tinted Plexiglas lean against each other at an acute angle, held up on the other side by the wooden wall.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • All I saw was the pole, bent at an acute angle.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • On the opposite wall near the acute angle stood a small plain wooden chest of drawers looking, as it were, lost in a desert.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • O'Dell leaned back at an acute angle and shoveled a little sugar in.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • He has just cut off the end of the pole at an acute angle to make it into a spear.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Near the same tree two more bundles of acute angles sat with their legs drawn up.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • I was all bony elbows and acute angles, like a jigsaw puzzle piece that can only go in the middle, waiting for the others to fit around it to make it whole.
    Sarah Dessen  --  That Summer

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