Definition of acute


  • having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course; "acute appendicitis", "the acute phase of the illness", "acute patients". Antonyms: chronic.
  • extremely sharp or intense; "acute pain", "felt acute annoyance", "intense itching and burning". Synonyms: intense.
  • having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions; "an acute observer of politics and politicians", "incisive comments", "icy knifelike reasoning", "as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang", "penetrating insight", "frequent penetrative observations". Synonyms: discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharp.
  • of an angle; less than 90 degrees. Antonyms: obtuse.
  • ending in a sharp point. Synonyms: acuate, needlelike, sharp.
  • of critical importance and consequence; "an acute (or critical) lack of research funds".


  • a mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation. Synonyms: acute accent, ague.

Words nearby acute

acuate, cute, scute.

Rhymes with acute

astute, beirut, boot, brut, brute, butte, cahoot, chute, commute, compute, coot, cute, dilute, dilute, dispute, disrepute, flute, fruit, hirsute, hoot.

Start with acute

acutely, acutes, acutest, acutenesses, acuteness, acuter.

End with acute

subacute, overacute, hyperacute.

More information about acute

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Scrabble and Words With Friends points

  • acute is a valid Scrabble US word, worth 7 points
  • acute is a valid Scrabble UK word, worth 7 points
  • acute is a valid Words With Friends word, worth 9 points
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