Definition of acutely in English:

acutely

adverb

  • 1usually as submodifier (with reference to something unpleasant or unwelcome) intensely.

    ‘the whole situation was acutely embarrassing’
    ‘Elizabeth felt Jane's distress acutely’
    • ‘The author has provided what is certain to be an epic firsthand account of a critical episode in that acutely divisive era.’
    • ‘Regulations allow a maximum of 55 gallons of hazardous waste or 1 quart of acutely hazardous waste at each satellite accumulation area.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The country is acutely vulnerable.’
    • ‘Housing minister Jeff Rooker said the projects had already started and given hope of a revitalised future to the nine areas most acutely affected.’
    • ‘By this time, conscious patients were not acutely distressed, although some were anxious or scared.’
    • ‘At the same time, the acutely imbalanced U.S. bubble economy demands continuous monetary largess from both home and abroad.’
    • ‘In fact, the wielder may suffer more acutely than others.’
    • ‘She was recently admitted to hospital with an acutely painful, swollen knee.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is undeniably an acutely fragile financial environment, where problems in one market (especially in derivatives) can quickly transfer to other markets.’
    • ‘Poor people acutely feel their powerlessness and insecurity, their vulnerability and lack of dignity.’
    • ‘The device was quickly embraced by the medical community and its use expanded beyond acutely ill cardiac patients, before its benefits were actually proven.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Safety and tolerability of oral loading divalproex sodium in acutely manic bipolar patients.’
    • ‘Russians, for historical reasons, can be acutely ill at ease with the idea of expounding uncomfortable truths in a formal setting.’
    • ‘These units were selected because they housed acutely ill patients who generally required bed baths.’
    • ‘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.’
    extremely, exceedingly, very, markedly, severely, intensely, in the extreme, deeply, profoundly, keenly, sharply, painfully, desperately, awfully, terribly, tremendously, enormously, thoroughly, heartily
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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’
      • ‘In the acutely infected child or adult, this stage represents the incubation period before immune response.’
      • ‘Treatment may vary from rest and splints for acutely inflamed joints, to medications that can reduce inflammation.’
      • ‘She fell into a coma after being given penicillin, despite being acutely allergic to it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many acutely infected individuals will go on to clear the virus and hence may not require any intervention.’
      • ‘We have gone too far with our lack of beds for those who are acutely unwell.’
      • ‘A patient told the phlebotomist that she was acutely allergic to adhesives.’
      • ‘Later, the child appears acutely ill with fever, upper airway compromise, and respiratory distress.’
  • 2usually as submodifier In a way that shows a perceptive understanding or insight.

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

Pronunciation

acutely

/əˈkjuːtli/