chronic - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    medical a chronic illness or chronic pain is serious and lasts for a long time. A serious illness or pain that lasts only for a short time is described as acute

    chronic back pain

  2. 2
    a chronic problem is always happening or returning and is very difficult to solve

    a chronic shortage of food/money/resources

  3. 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

  4. 4
    British informal very bad

    The film was pretty chronic, but we had a good laugh.

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