Meaning of acutely in English:


Pronunciation /əˈkjuːtli/

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

    ‘the whole situation was acutely embarrassing’
    • ‘Elizabeth felt Jane's distress acutely’
    • ‘In fact, the wielder may suffer more acutely than others.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A reorganisation of the management of acutely jaundiced patients was needed.’
    • ‘Russians, for historical reasons, can be acutely ill at ease with the idea of expounding uncomfortable truths in a formal setting.’
    • ‘The author has provided what is certain to be an epic firsthand account of a critical episode in that acutely divisive era.’
    • ‘Housing minister Jeff Rooker said the projects had already started and given hope of a revitalised future to the nine areas most acutely affected.’
    • ‘Safety and tolerability of oral loading divalproex sodium in acutely manic bipolar patients.’
    • ‘It is, at the same time, also an excellent example of the atypical and acutely volatile nature of the current environment.’
    • ‘These units were selected because they housed acutely ill patients who generally required bed baths.’
    • ‘The device was quickly embraced by the medical community and its use expanded beyond acutely ill cardiac patients, before its benefits were actually proven.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘During the exam, students provided care to acutely ill children and adults.’
    • ‘By this time, conscious patients were not acutely distressed, although some were anxious or scared.’
    • ‘The patient may become acutely ill and need to be admitted to the hospital with pneumonia.’
    • ‘At the same time, the acutely imbalanced U.S. bubble economy demands continuous monetary largess from both home and abroad.’
    • ‘Poor people acutely feel their powerlessness and insecurity, their vulnerability and lack of dignity.’
    • ‘The country is acutely vulnerable.’
    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’
      • ‘If the patient is not acutely ill, treat them as an outpatient for 10 days to 6 weeks.’
      • ‘Later, the child appears acutely ill with fever, upper airway compromise, and respiratory distress.’
      • ‘The use of high-resolution transducers and graded compression make it possible to visualize directly an acutely inflamed appendix in patients of any age.’
      • ‘Treatment may vary from rest and splints for acutely inflamed joints, to medications that can reduce inflammation.’
      • ‘A patient told the phlebotomist that she was acutely allergic to adhesives.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We have gone too far with our lack of beds for those who are acutely unwell.’
      • ‘The difficulties of providing care to emergency medical admissions and acutely unwell inpatients are recognised.’
      • ‘In the acutely infected child or adult, this stage represents the incubation period before immune response.’
      • ‘Many acutely infected individuals will go on to clear the virus and hence may not require any intervention.’
  • 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 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.’
    • ‘Charged with leading Dominique's disciples, he is acutely conscious of the limits imposed on their potential for accomplishment.’
    • ‘She was also acutely aware of what relationships had to offer.’
    • ‘Gelernter discusses very acutely the religious dimension in America's self-understanding over the centuries, which he believes is still pervasive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was acutely aware of the hot blush that suddenly coloured his fair skin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Guy Claxton is acutely aware that whatever we say we are imposing a pre-existing framework of ideas.’
    • ‘John's nose is acutely attuned to the wide range of different smell that he works with daily.’
    • ‘Ann Taves is acutely aware of the gulf that divides "experiencing religion" from the "explanation of religious experience."’
    • ‘In fact, Conversation with God is a witty, highly personal piece which acutely portrays some of the contradictions of the contemporary Chinese psyche.’
    • ‘This is not something that I think people feel acutely.’
    • ‘Darcy wanted to ask when he had ever paid any attention to furniture but he was acutely aware of Miss Elizabeth's presence.’
    • ‘On subjects as various as football, the Church and the media, Jones is bold, informative and acutely observant.’
    • ‘The Governors of the College are acutely aware of the growing educational needs of the wider Church in a changing world.’
    • ‘Sex - particularly sexual disease linked to prostitution - was an acutely embarrassing subject to any respectable Victorian woman.’
    • ‘William answered, acutely aware of her proximity.’