acute acute  /ə ˈkjut/


  1. (adj) extremely sharp or intense
  2. (adj) of critical importance and consequence
  3. (adj) having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
  4. (adj) of an angle; less than 90 degrees
  5. (adj) ending in a sharp point
  6. (adj) having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course
  7. (n) a mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation



  1. But of all the movie moppets, Margaret O'Brien had the earliest and most acute understanding of the screen's demand for charm and craft.
  2. The third car had a stabilizer fin on top, which did nothing to cure the Dymaxion's acute instability in crosswinds.
  3. While reporting for my book Binge, I witnessed the hospitalization of several students for acute alcohol poisoning.


  1. La Porte drug deaths ruled accidental

    La PORTE - Eric Day, 20, and a 17-year-old female who were found dead last week died of acute alcohol and poly-drug interaction.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: The Michigan City News-Dispatch

  2. Reports show opiate abuse remains problem for Massachusetts

    With eastern Massachusetts leading the nation in the incidence of drug-related emergency room visits involving heroin and other opiates, medical experts are urging the use alternative pain therapies and an overdose-reversing drug to slow the deadly trend. “Admissions to the hospital for overdose is just, I think, one of the most acute and worrisome signs that we see from the growth of the number ...
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Fall River Herald News

  3. HMA to Provide Management Support - Analyst Blog

    Health Management Associates Inc. ( HMA ), a leading operator of general acute care hospitals, recently reported that it will extend its operating and management expertise. Operating and
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Nasdaq


  1. "Explaining that 'the need for defense of self, family, and property is most acute' in the home, we found that this right applies to handguns because they are 'the most preferred firearm in the nation to 'keep' and use for protection of one's home...
    on Jul 6, 2010 By: Samuel Alito Source: Lakeland Times

  2. Crow, 48, says she felt "an acute sense of urgency about how I wanted my life to feel," so she started preparing to be an adoptive mother -- taking part in a home study, filling out paperwork and learning infant CPR.
    on Jul 7, 2010 By: Sheryl Crow Source: CNN

  3. "Problems in the financial markets, as acute and urgent as they are, are only a part of what threatens our economy," Obama said. "We must not use the need to confront them as an excuse to keep ignoring the long-term threats to our...
    on Mar 17, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Times of India

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