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English definition of “acute”

acute

adjective (EXTREME)    /əˈkjuːt/
If a bad situation is acute, it causes severe problems or damage: She felt acute embarrassment/anxiety/concern at his behaviour. The problem of poverty is particularly acute in rural areas.Serious and severeSevere An acute pain or illness is one that quickly becomes very severe: acute abdominal pains an acute attack of appendicitisDisease and illness - general words acuteness     /-nəs/ noun [U] PerceptiveUsing the eyesIntelligence
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