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adjective chronic pronunciation in British English /ˈkrɒnɪk/
  1. 2
    a chronic problem is always happening or returning and is very difficult to solve
    a chronic shortage of food/money/resources
  2. 3
    [usually before noun] doing something again and again, especially something harmful that you are unable or unwilling to stop doing
    a chronic liar/smoker/workaholic
  3. 4
    British informal very bad
    The film was pretty chronic, but we had a good laugh.
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