how to pronounce acute


audio example by a male speaker

audio example by a female speaker

the above transcription of acute is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

acute is pronounced in two syllables

press buttons with phonetic symbols to learn how to precisely pronounce each sound of acute



example pitch curve for pronunciation of acute


test your pronunciation of acute

press the "test" button to check how closely you can replicate the pitch of a native speaker in your pronunciation of acute

video examples of acute pronunciation

An example use of acute in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… competing powers became so acute that on …”

meanings of acute


  1. Intense, sensitive, sharp.
  2. Of an accent or tone: generally higher than others.
  3. Of a short-lived condition, in contrast to a chronic condition; this sense also does not imply severity.
  4. Of an abnormal condition of recent or sudden onset, in contrast to delayed onset; this sense does not imply severity, unlike the common usage.
  5. Brief, quick, short.
  6. Of an angle: less than 90 degrees.
  7. After a letter of the alphabet: having an acute accent.
  8. With the sides meeting directly to form an acute angle (at an apex or base).
  9. High or shrill.
  10. Urgent.
  11. Of a triangle: having all three interior angles measuring less than 90 degrees.


  1. A person who has the acute form of a disorder, such as schizophrenia.
  2. An acute accent (´).
  3. An accent or tone higher than others.


  1. To give an acute sound to.
  2. To make acute; to sharpen, to whet.

acute frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word acute occurs in english on average 4.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics acute can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that acute can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to acute


Did this page help you?