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adverb critically pronunciation in British English /ˈkrɪtɪkli/
  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 princess or her brother.

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  4. 4
    by people whose job is to give their opinion of things such as new books, plays, or films
    critically acclaimed (=admired):

    his critically acclaimed novel

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