Definition of astute adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈstjuːt//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈstuːt//
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very clever and quick at seeing what to do in a particular situation, especially how to get an advantage synonym shrewd an astute businessman/politician/observer It was an astute move to sell the shares then. She was astute enough to realize that what Jack wanted was her money. See related entries: Clever Word Originearly 17th cent.: from obsolete French astut or Latin astutus, from astus ‘craft’.Extra examples He was an astute and ruthless business operator. My mother was more financially astute than my father. She was astute enough to see that in some ways they were very similar.
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