W3S3 also criticise BrE [ˈkrıtısaız] v
1.) [I and T]
to express your disapproval of someone or something, or to talk about their faults
≠ ↑praise
Ron does nothing but criticize and complain all the time.
be strongly/sharply/heavily criticized
The decision has been strongly criticized by teachers.
The new law has been widely criticized .
criticize sb/sth for (doing) sth
He has been criticized for incompetence.
Doctors have criticized the government for failing to invest enough in the health service.
criticize sb/sth as sth
The report has been criticized as inaccurate and incomplete.
2.) [T] formal
to express judgments about the good and bad qualities of something
We look at each other's work and criticize it.
WORD FOCUS: criticize
to criticize someone or something very strongly: attack, lay into, tear somebody/something to shreds, pillory, pan
to criticize someone unfairly: put somebody down, slag somebody off (BrE informal), talk about somebody behind their back, bitch about (informal)
to criticize small details: pick holes

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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