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English

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] acūtus (sharp), perfect passive participle of acuō (sharpen, make sharp).

Pronunciation

Adjective

acute (comparative more acute or acuter, superlative most acute or acutest)

Positive
acute

Comparative
more acute or acuter

Superlative
most acute or acutest

  1. Urgent.
    His need for medical attention was acute.
  2. sensitive
    She had an acute sense of honor.
    Eagles have very acute vision.
  3. Short, quick.
    It was an acute event.
  4. (geometry) Of an angle, less than 90 degrees.
  5. (geometry) Of a triangle, acute-angled.
  6. (botany, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) With the sides meeting directly to form a pointed acute angle at the apex, base, or both.
  7. (medicine) Of an abnormal condition of recent or sudden onset, in contrast to delayed onset; this sense does not imply severity (unlike the common usage).
    He dropped dead of an acute illness.
  8. (medicine) Of a short-lived condition, in contrast to a chronic condition; this sense also does not imply severity.
    The acute symptoms resolved promptly.
  9. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Having an acute accent.
    The last letter of "café" is 'e' acute.

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Translations

of a triangle See acute-angled

accent See acute accent

Noun

Singular
acute

Plural
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acute ({{{1}}})
  1. An acute accent.
    The word "cafe" often has an acute over the "e".

Verb

Infinitive
to acute

Third person singular
acut

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to acute (third-person singular simple present acut, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To give an acute sound to.
    He acutes his rising inflection too much.

Italian

Adjective

acute f.

  1. Feminine plural form of acuto

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