Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

critically - definition and synonyms

 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
adverb critically pronunciation in American English /ˈkrɪtɪkli/
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    extremely and seriously
    critically ill: Critically ill patients were given access to experimental treatments.
    critically important: It is critically important that an agreement is reached this month.
  2. 2
    carefully, in order to judge what the good and bad aspects of something are
    We are teaching children to think critically.
  3. 3
    in a way that shows you do not like or approve of something
    No one we interviewed spoke critically of the mayor or her brother.
  4. 4
    by people whose job is to give their opinion of things such as new books, plays, or movies
    critically acclaimed (=admired): his critically acclaimed novel

ruburb

an area in the countryside where there are both housing developments and farms, and many people travel to work in nearby cities

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

troll factory

a company that pays its employees to write online comments in favour or against somebody or something posing as ordinary Internet users

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog