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Latin. adv. Acutely, with intellectual penetration, shrilly, clearly (seeing), distinctly. - Sharp at the end; ending in a sharp point; pointed; - opposed to blunt or obtuse; as, an acute angle; an acute leaf.


 - Having nice discernment; perceiving or using minute distinctions; penetrating; clever; shrewd; - opposed to dull or stupid; as, an acute observer; acute remarks, or reasoning.


 - Having nice or quick sensibility; susceptible to slight impressions; acting keenly on the senses; sharp; keen; intense; as, a man of acute eyesight, hearing, or feeling; acute pain or pleasure.


 - High, or shrill, in respect to some other sound; - opposed to grave or low; as, an acute tone or accent.


 - (Med.) Attended with symptoms of some degree of severity, and coming speedily to a crisis; - opposed to chronic; as, an acute disease. 


Syn. - Subtle; ingenious; sharp; keen; penetrating; sagacious; sharp-witted; shrewd; discerning; discriminating. To give an acute sound to; as, he acutes his rising inflection too much.

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