Definition of astute in English:



  • Having or showing an ability to accurately assess situations or people and turn this to one's advantage.

    ‘an astute businessman’
    • ‘In re-inventing Manchester for the new millennium, the city council has proved very astute.’
    • ‘In the last general election no one, not even the most astute of pundits, foresaw his demise.’
    • ‘I regard him as an astute businessman who is very conscious of the value of capital.’
    • ‘They are also astute at maintaining public sympathy by regularly deserting the picket lines to save lives.’
    • ‘The striker is tied to the club until October so holding on to him to the end of the season may be the more financially astute move.’
    • ‘They defended superbly, attacked courageously and played the most astute tactical game.’
    • ‘It also marks a shift in public attitudes which the former MP has been astute enough to recognise.’
    • ‘All three are politically astute and have been following the election in the media.’
    • ‘Our leader is intelligent and astute, as we have seen with her handling of Iraq.’
    • ‘Terry's as tactically astute as anyone I have worked with and when it comes to motivation he's one of the best.’
    • ‘Such astute use of credit cards has kept Margaret in financially good shape for 15 years.’
    • ‘He is said to be acutely focused and astute in assessing what he should and should not buy.’
    • ‘She was also an astute businesswoman, eventually running three cafés and a catering business.’
    • ‘Unlike some sportsmen, he has been astute enough to invest in a financial future during his playing days.’
    • ‘I was incensed that my friend, an astute judge of character, had said yes.’
    • ‘If officers have to make decisions for the Council, they need to be visionary and commercially astute.’
    • ‘He is learned, astute, admirably sensible, and possesses an elegant and clear prose style.’
    • ‘This is a very astute move on Ryan's part.’
    • ‘An astute and responsible mayor would use this decision as an opportunity for change.’
    • ‘An immediate promise to continue funding the service is both the fair and politically astute thing to do.’
    shrewd, sharp, sharp-witted, razor-sharp, acute, quick, quick-witted, ingenious, clever, intelligent, bright, brilliant, smart, canny, media-savvy, intuitive, discerning, perceptive, perspicacious, penetrating, insightful, incisive, piercing, discriminating, sagacious, wise, judicious
    cunning, artful, crafty, wily, calculating
    on the ball, quick off the mark, quick on the uptake, brainy, streetwise, savvy
    heads-up, whip-smart
    argute, sapient
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Early 17th century: from obsolete French astut or Latin astutus, from astus craft.