A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-kyoot]
    • /əˈkyut/
    • /əˈkjuːt.li/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kyoot]
    • /əˈkyut/

Definitions of acutely word

  • adverb acutely If you feel or notice something acutely, you feel or notice it very strongly. 3
  • adverb acutely If a feeling or quality is acutely unpleasant, it is extremely unpleasant. 3
  • adjective acutely sharp or severe in effect; intense: acute sorrow; an acute pain. 1
  • adjective acutely extremely great or serious; crucial; critical: an acute shortage of oil. 1
  • adjective acutely (of disease) brief and severe (opposed to chronic). 1
  • adjective acutely sharp or penetrating in intellect, insight, or perception: an acute observer. 1

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Origin of acutely

First appearance:

before 1560
One of the 32% oldest English words
1560-70; < Latin acūtus sharpened, past participle of acuere (acū-, v. stem, akin to acus needle, ācer sharp + -tus past participle suffix)

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Parts of speech for Acutely


acutely popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for acutely

adv acutely

  • severely — harsh; unnecessarily extreme: severe criticism; severe laws.
  • suddenly — happening, coming, made, or done quickly, without warning, or unexpectedly: a sudden attack.
  • keenly — finely sharpened, as an edge; so shaped as to cut or pierce substances readily: a keen razor.

adverb acutely

  • very — in a high degree; extremely; exceedingly: A giant is very tall.
  • intensely — existing or occurring in a high or extreme degree: intense heat.
  • highly — in or to a high degree; extremely: highly amusing; highly seasoned food.
  • deeply — at or to a considerable extent downward; well within or beneath a surface.
  • terribly — in a terrible manner.

Antonyms for acutely

adverb acutely

  • slightly — small in amount, degree, etc.: a slight increase; a slight odor.

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