Definition of acutely in English:

acutely

adverb

  • 1(with reference to something unpleasant or unwelcome) intensely:

    ‘the whole situation was acutely embarrassing’
    ‘Elizabeth felt Jane's distress acutely’
    • ‘Safety and tolerability of oral loading divalproex sodium in acutely manic bipolar patients.’
    • ‘Advances in the recognition and treatment of pain in children over the past 20 years have led to improved pain management for acutely ill and injured children.’
    • ‘The device was quickly embraced by the medical community and its use expanded beyond acutely ill cardiac patients, before its benefits were actually proven.’
    • ‘Russians, for historical reasons, can be acutely ill at ease with the idea of expounding uncomfortable truths in a formal setting.’
    • ‘During the exam, students provided care to acutely ill children and adults.’
    • ‘The patient may become acutely ill and need to be admitted to the hospital with pneumonia.’
    • ‘By this time, conscious patients were not acutely distressed, although some were anxious or scared.’
    • ‘Regulations allow a maximum of 55 gallons of hazardous waste or 1 quart of acutely hazardous waste at each satellite accumulation area.’
    • ‘She was recently admitted to hospital with an acutely painful, swollen knee.’
    • ‘In fact, the wielder may suffer more acutely than others.’
    • ‘A reorganisation of the management of acutely jaundiced patients was needed.’
    • ‘It is, at the same time, also an excellent example of the atypical and acutely volatile nature of the current environment.’
    • ‘This is undeniably an acutely fragile financial environment, where problems in one market (especially in derivatives) can quickly transfer to other markets.’
    • ‘Patients should be referred promptly, as the medical treatment of thyroid eye disease is more likely to be effective when given while the eye tissue is acutely inflamed.’
    • ‘Housing minister Jeff Rooker said the projects had already started and given hope of a revitalised future to the nine areas most acutely affected.’
    • ‘The country is acutely vulnerable.’
    • ‘Poor people acutely feel their powerlessness and insecurity, their vulnerability and lack of dignity.’
    • ‘These units were selected because they housed acutely ill patients who generally required bed baths.’
    • ‘At the same time, the acutely imbalanced U.S. bubble economy demands continuous monetary largess from both home and abroad.’
    • ‘The author has provided what is certain to be an epic firsthand account of a critical episode in that acutely divisive era.’
    extremely, exceedingly, very, markedly, severely, intensely, in the extreme, deeply, profoundly, keenly, sharply, painfully, desperately, awfully, terribly, tremendously, enormously, thoroughly, heartily
    well, seriously, majorly, oh-so
    jolly, devilish
    mighty, plumb
    lekker
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    1. 1.1 (in relation to illness) in a way that progresses rapidly but lasts for a short period:
      ‘an acutely inflamed gall bladder’
      • ‘Later, the child appears acutely ill with fever, upper airway compromise, and respiratory distress.’
      • ‘Treatment may vary from rest and splints for acutely inflamed joints, to medications that can reduce inflammation.’
      • ‘This unit cares for the acutely unwell, who usually stay for around six weeks while they are stabilised on medication and receive a range of therapies.’
      • ‘We have gone too far with our lack of beds for those who are acutely unwell.’
      • ‘If the patient is not acutely ill, treat them as an outpatient for 10 days to 6 weeks.’
      • ‘The use of high-resolution transducers and graded compression make it possible to visualize directly an acutely inflamed appendix in patients of any age.’
      • ‘The difficulties of providing care to emergency medical admissions and acutely unwell inpatients are recognised.’
      • ‘A patient told the phlebotomist that she was acutely allergic to adhesives.’
      • ‘Many acutely infected individuals will go on to clear the virus and hence may not require any intervention.’
      • ‘In the acutely infected child or adult, this stage represents the incubation period before immune response.’
      • ‘She fell into a coma after being given penicillin, despite being acutely allergic to it.’
  • 2In a way that shows a perceptive understanding or insight:

    ‘we are all acutely aware of the fragility of our world’
    • ‘William answered, acutely aware of her proximity.’
    • ‘He was acutely aware of the hot blush that suddenly coloured his fair skin.’
    • ‘At the same, time we are acutely aware that we could not afford to broadcast the events without sponsors.’
    • ‘Guy Claxton is acutely aware that whatever we say we are imposing a pre-existing framework of ideas.’
    • ‘Ann Taves is acutely aware of the gulf that divides "experiencing religion" from the "explanation of religious experience."’
    • ‘She was also acutely aware of what relationships had to offer.’
    • ‘The General sits in his lifeless castle, the decadence of his environment acutely described.’
    • ‘Leibniz, for all his Aristotelian credentials, was not acutely aware of the Aristotelian Problem of First Principles.’
    • ‘In fact, Conversation with God is a witty, highly personal piece which acutely portrays some of the contradictions of the contemporary Chinese psyche.’
    • ‘Gelernter discusses very acutely the religious dimension in America's self-understanding over the centuries, which he believes is still pervasive.’
    • ‘Charged with leading Dominique's disciples, he is acutely conscious of the limits imposed on their potential for accomplishment.’
    • ‘The Governors of the College are acutely aware of the growing educational needs of the wider Church in a changing world.’
    • ‘Darcy wanted to ask when he had ever paid any attention to furniture but he was acutely aware of Miss Elizabeth's presence.’
    • ‘This is not something that I think people feel acutely.’
    • ‘On subjects as various as football, the Church and the media, Jones is bold, informative and acutely observant.’
    • ‘Sex - particularly sexual disease linked to prostitution - was an acutely embarrassing subject to any respectable Victorian woman.’
    • ‘The presence of these people must have reminded Roh acutely of the sense of crisis felt by the international community.’
    • ‘In this operation I would be acutely aware of the need to minimise civilian casualties.’
    • ‘John's nose is acutely attuned to the wide range of different smell that he works with daily.’
    • ‘Jackson was acutely aware that Florida was a dangerous haven for fugitive slaves.’

Pronunciation:

acutely

/əˈkjuːtli/