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"acute" in British English

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acuteadjective

uk   /əˈkjuːt/  us   /əˈkjuːt/

acutenoun [C]

uk   /əˈkjuːt/  us   /əˈkjuːt/ (also acute accent)
(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 water shortage.
In medicine, acute describes severe conditions, illnesses, or injuries that need immediate care: Not all hospitals can provide acute care.
  • acute adjective (ACCURATE)

aware of or able to recognize small differences 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 90º
acute triangle
An acute triangle is a triangle with three angles of less than 90º.
acutely
adverb  us   /əˈkjut·li/
I was acutely aware of their problems.
(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 bad situation is acute, it causes severe problems or damage: The problem is particularly acute for small businesses. an acute conflict/crisis/need
(Definition of acute from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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