- crit|i|cally [ˈkrıtıkli] adv▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1 critically ill/injured2¦(important)¦3¦(serious/worrying)¦4¦(criticizing)¦5¦(making judgments)¦6¦(art/literature)¦▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1.) critically ill/injuredso 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.