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"acute" in British English

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acuteadjective

uk   us   /əˈkjuːt/

acute adjective (EXTREME)

If a ​badsituation is acute, it ​causessevereproblems or ​damage: She ​felt acute ​embarrassment/​anxiety/​concern at his ​behaviour. The ​problem of ​poverty is ​particularly acute in ​ruralareas. An acute ​pain or ​illness is one that ​quicklybecomes very ​severe: acute ​abdominalpains an acute attack of ​appendicitis

acute adjective (ACCURATE/CLEVER)

used to ​describeintelligence, ​senses, etc. that are very good, ​accurate, and ​able to ​notice very ​smalldifferences: acute ​eyesight/​hearing an acute ​sense of ​smell a woman of acute ​intelligence/​judgment

acute adjective (ANGLE)

An acute ​angle is less than 90 ​degrees.
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acuteness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/

acutenoun [C]

uk   us   (also acute accent)
a ​sign that is written above a ​letter in some ​languages, ​showing you how to ​pronounce the ​letter: There's an acute ​accent on the e in "​café".
(Definition of acute from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"acute" in American English

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acuteadjective

 us   /əˈkjut/

acute adjective (EXTREME)

very ​serious, ​extreme, or ​severe: The ​area has an acute ​watershortage. In ​medicine, acute ​describessevereconditions, ​illnesses, or ​injuries that need ​immediatecare: Not all ​hospitals can ​provide acute ​care.

acute adjective (ACCURATE)

aware of or ​able to ​recognizesmalldifferences between things, or being ​accurate in ​judging something: He has very acute ​hearing. Note: Used to describe thinking, feeling, hearing, seeing, smelling, or tasting.

acute adjective (ANGLE)

geometry (of an ​angle) less than 90ºacute triangle An acute ​triangle is a ​triangle with three ​angles of less than 90º.
acutely
adverb  us   /əˈkjut·li/
I was acutely ​aware of ​theirproblems.
(Definition of acute from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"acute" in Business English

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acuteadjective

uk   us   /əˈkjuːt/
if a ​badsituation is acute, it causes severe problems or ​damage: The problem is particularly acute for ​smallbusinesses. an acute ​conflict/​crisis/need
(Definition of acute from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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