AskDefine | Define astute

Dictionary Definition

astute adj : marked by practical hardheaded intelligence; "a smart businessman"; "an astute tenant always reads the small print in a lease"; "he was too shrewd to go along with them on a road that could lead only to their overthrow" [syn: sharp, shrewd]

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English

Etymology

Latin astūtus, from astuscraft’.

Pronunciation

  • /əsˈtjuːt/
    Rhymes: -uːt

Adjective

  1. Quick at seeing how to gain advantage, especially for oneself; shrewd; critically discerning.

Derived terms

Translations

Quick at seeing how to gain advantage

Italian

Adjective

astute
  1. Feminine plural form of astuto

Latin

Extensive Definition

Two submarines of the Royal Navy have been named HMS Astute for the characteristic of shrewdness and discernment.
astute in Slovenian: HMS Astute

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