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chronic

adjective uk   /ˈkrɒn.ɪk/ us    /ˈkrɑː.nɪk/

chronic adjective (LONG-LASTING)

C2 (especially of a disease or something bad) continuing for a long time: chronic diseases/conditions chronic arthritis/pain a chronic invalid There is a chronic shortage of teachers.

chronic adjective (BAD)

UK informal very bad: The acting was chronic.
chronically
adverb uk   /ˈkrɒn.ɪ.kəl.i/ us    /ˈkrɑː.nɪ-/
care for the chronically sick
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