as·​tute | \ ə-ˈstüt How to pronounce astute (audio) , a-, -ˈstyüt \

Definition of astute

: having or showing shrewdness and an ability to notice and understand things clearly : mentally sharp or clever an astute observer astute remarks also : crafty, wily

Other Words from astute

astutely adverb
astuteness noun

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shrewd, sagacious, perspicacious, astute mean acute in perception and sound in judgment. shrewd stresses practical, hardheaded cleverness and judgment. a shrewd judge of character sagacious suggests wisdom, penetration, and farsightedness. sagacious investors got in on the ground floor perspicacious implies unusual power to see through and understand what is puzzling or hidden. a perspicacious counselor saw through the child's facade astute suggests shrewdness, perspicacity, and diplomatic skill. an astute player of party politics

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Astute comes from the Latin noun astus, meaning "craft." The word implies being keenly observant and forming sound judgments based on knowledge and experience.

Examples of astute in a Sentence

We thought they were not very intellectually astute, but we didn't really understand how political a lot of what they were doing was. — Ben Wallace-Wells, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2007 He asked astute diagnosticians around the country how they approached and cracked difficult diagnoses and what happened when they failed. Misdiagnosis is not an insignificant problem: Groopman cites a finding that between one in six and one in seven patients is incorrectly assessed. — Ruth Levy Guyer, Wilson Quarterly, Summer 2007 And finally, even if she had never actually uttered the bon mot that would be famously attributed to her, that if she had two heads, she would risk one in the king's service, could the astute young duchess actually have had input into the implausible negotiations? — Harvey Rachlin, Scandals, Vandals, and Da Vincis, 2007 Focusing largely upon Western alchemy during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, she has a sharp eye for how alchemical images surface in literature of that period. Readers of Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe, and William Shakespeare will find illuminating insights. Abraham reveals the far reaches of her astute literary intelligence by analyzing alchemical imagery encoded in a broad range of works, from Chaucer and Milton to Vladimir Nabokov and P. G. Wodehouse. — Norman Weinstein, Parabola, November 1999 He is an astute observer of the current political scene. Astute readers will notice the error. His analysis of the battle was very astute. See More
Recent Examples on the Web On the other hand, Bohjalian also makes astute observations about these men whose livelihood depends on rich Western tourists. Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2022 Some astute employers are taking action, as when Netflix fired 3 managers for trash-talking their colleagues on the company’s Slack channel. Lynne Curry | Alaska Workplace, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Apr. 2022 Matthew Nauser, whose camerawork is astute throughout the film, knows precisely when to move in close and when to step back. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Mar. 2022 At times the record is disarmingly astute in its folky arrangements, while elsewhere the group stretches out and jams. Mark Richardson, WSJ, 7 Feb. 2022 That’s some astute, prudent shopping by Zito, yet with the risk that all three will walk, perhaps with Cup rings, as UFAs in July. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 26 Mar. 2022 The astute curator Yaelle Amir will select photographs and sculpture from the Latino Japanese artist’s recent series exploring Asian masculinity for his first solo show in the United States. oregonlive, 24 Mar. 2022 An astute tweet Monday from CNBC tech editor Ari Levy captured the brutal crush on share prices of nearly 20 mid-size tech companies over the past 12 months. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 15 Mar. 2022 The more digitally astute organizations have learned that usability standards for workplace technology must strive to be at the same levels as consumer-facing tech. Joe Peppard And Kristine Dery, WSJ, 6 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of astute

1565, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for astute

Latin astutus, from astus craft

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as·​tute | \ ə-ˈstüt How to pronounce astute (audio) , -ˈstyüt \

Kids Definition of astute

: very alert and aware : clever an astute observer

Other Words from astute

astutely adverb

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