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Severe or intense, especially in a painful or unpleasant way
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“A number of other obstetric events can cause an onset of acute pain.”
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In urgent need of immediate attention
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“In the present scenario, where acute water shortage has become a reality, it is not right to pass the burden on to the people.”
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Short, quick or brief in duration
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“The thesis details the effects of short term or acute exposure to Dieldrin and other organic insecticides upon different species of fish.”
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Astute or wise in insight or intellect
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“His acute mind must have often noted the defects of such a routine.”
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(of one's senses) Sensitive or perceptive to changes
“Only Michael's acute sense of hearing saved him, allowing him just enough time to dive out of its path.”
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Having a sharp end or point
“Western knives are sturdy, durable and rust-resistant, but lack the acute blade edges and nimbleness of their Asian counterparts.”
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Vigorously keen or severe in expression or style
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Of great consequence, importance, or significance
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Of a sound, having a comparatively high pitch
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Being alert or on top of things by paying close attention
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Making or constituting a disturbingly harsh and loud noise
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(informal) Extremely unpleasant or disagreeable in nature
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Occurring or done quickly and unexpectedly or without warning
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Exact or retentive in detail with regards to imagery
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Having or showing a tendency to be easily annoyed or angered
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Having a persuasive effect
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