Meaning of CRITICAL in English

CRITICAL

transcription, транскрипция: [ krɪtɪk(ə)l ]

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.

1.

A critical time, factor, or situation is extremely important.

The incident happened at a critical point in the campaign...

He says setting priorities is of critical importance...

How you finance a business is critical to the success of your venture.

= crucial

ADJ

• criti‧cal‧ly

Economic prosperity depends critically on an open world trading system...

It was a critically important moment in his career.

ADV : ADV with v , ADV adj

2.

A critical situation is very serious and dangerous.

The German authorities are considering an airlift if the situation becomes critical...

Its day-to-day finances are in a critical state.

ADJ

• criti‧cal‧ly

Moscow is running critically low on food supplies.

ADV : usu ADV adj

3.

If a person is critical or in a critical condition in hospital, they are seriously ill.

Ten of the injured are said to be in critical condition.

ADJ

• criti‧cal‧ly

She was critically ill...

ADV : usu ADV adj , also ADV with v

4.

To be critical of someone or something means to criticize them.

His report is highly critical of the trial judge...

He has apologised for critical remarks he made about the referee.

ADJ : oft ADJ of n

• criti‧cal‧ly

She spoke critically of Lara.

ADV

5.

A critical approach to something involves examining and judging it carefully.

We need to become critical text-readers...

...the critical analysis of political ideas.

ADJ : ADJ n

• criti‧cal‧ly

Wyman watched them critically.

ADV

6.

If something or someone receives critical acclaim, critics say that they are very good.

The film met with considerable critical and public acclaim...

ADJ : ADJ n

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