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acute

a·cute

acute

 
 
pronunciation:
kyut
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: sharp; severe.
She was having acute pains in her stomach.
synonyms:
intense, severe
antonyms:
mild
similar words:
extreme, fierce
definition 2: sharp; quick; sensitive.
My dog has an acute sense of smell.
synonyms:
keen, sensitive, sharp
definition 3: very serious; very important; critical.
There was an acute shortage of medicine in the hospital during the war.The school had many new students, and there was an acute need for more teachers.
synonyms:
critical
similar words:
crucial, desperate, drastic, extreme, serious, severe, urgent
definition 4: an angle of less than ninety degrees.
derivations: acutely (adv.), acuteness (n.)
Word Parts
The word acute contains the following part:
ac, acr, acer Latin root that means sharp, bitter, sour