criticize - definition and synonyms

 
 
verb 

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/ˈkrɪtɪsaɪz/
present tense
I/you/we/theycriticize
he/she/itcriticizes
present participlecriticizing
past tensecriticized
past participlecriticized
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to say what you think is wrong or bad about something

    Ministers were told not to criticize the policy publicly.

    It was difficult to be honest without seeming to criticize.

    criticize someone/something for (doing) something:

    The new proposals have been criticized for not going far enough to change the system.

    be strongly/severely/widely/sharply/heavily criticized:

    Social services were widely criticized for not taking more action to protect children at risk.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to consider something carefully and judge what the good and bad aspects of it are