critically

critically
crit|i|cally [ˈkrıtıkli] adv
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1 critically ill/injured
2¦(important)¦
3¦(serious/worrying)¦
4¦(criticizing)¦
5¦(making judgments)¦
6¦(art/literature)¦
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1.) critically ill/injured
so ill or so badly injured that you might die
→↑fatally
10 people died and 30 were critically injured in a rail crash yesterday.
She is still critically ill in hospital.
2.) ¦(IMPORTANT)¦
in a way that is very important
= ↑crucially
The success of the project depends critically on the continuation of this funding.
This is a critically important meeting.
3.) ¦(SERIOUS/WORRYING)¦
in a way that is very serious and worrying
= ↑dangerously
Food supplies are at a critically low level.
4.) ¦(CRITICIZING)¦
in a way that shows you are criticizing someone or something
Mike looked at her critically.
He has spoken critically of the government's refusal to support the industry.
5.) ¦(MAKING JUDGMENTS)¦
thinking about something and giving a careful judgment about how good or bad it is
We teach students to think critically about the texts they are reading.
6.) ¦(ART/LITERATURE)¦
according to critics who give judgments about art, films, theatre, and books
The play was critically acclaimed (=praised by critics) when it opened in London last month.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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