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Dictionary definition for: Acute

1. (n) a mark ('') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation

2. (a) having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course; "acute appendicitis" "the acute phase of the illness" "acute patients"

3. (s) extremely sharp or intense; "acute pain" "felt acute annoyance" "intense itching and burning"

4. (s) having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions; "an acute observer of politics and politicians" "incisive comments" "icy knifelike reasoning" "as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang" "penetrating insight" "frequent pene

5. (a) of an angle; less than 90 degrees

6. (s) ending in a sharp point

7. (s) of critical importance and consequence; "an acute (or critical) lack of research funds"

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