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1‘Emily had an acute ear for instrumental sounds’
keen, sharp, good, penetrating, discerning, perceptive, sensitive, subtle
2‘he has an exceptionally acute mind’
astute, shrewd, sharp, sharp-witted, razor-sharp, rapier-like, quick, quick-witted, agile, nimble, ingenious, clever, intelligent, bright, brilliant, smart, canny, intuitive, discerning, perceptive, perspicacious, penetrating, insightful, incisive, piercing, discriminating, sagacious, wise, judicious
informal on the ball, quick off the mark, quick on the uptake, brainy, streetwise, savvy
British informal suss
Northern English Scottish informal pawky
North American informal heads-up, whip-smart
informal, dated long-headed
rare argute, sapient
3‘the acute food shortages of post-war England’
severe, critical, drastic, dire, dreadful, terrible, awful, grave, bad, serious, profound
urgent, pressing, desperate
all-important, vital, dangerous, hazardous, perilous, precarious
4‘the meal gave us acute pains in our stomachs’
stabbing, shooting, penetrating, piercing, sharp, keen, racking, searing, burning, consuming
intense, severe, extreme, excruciating, agonizing, grievous, hellish, torturous, tormenting, unbearable, insufferable, unendurable, more than one can bear, more than flesh and blood can stand
5‘the patient had acute colitis’
severe, intense, short-lasting
informal short and sharp
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