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English definition of “chronic”


adjective (BAD)    /ˈkrɒn.ɪk/ US  /ˈkrɑː.nɪk/ UK informal
very bad: The acting was chronic.Serious and severeSevere chronically     /ˈkrɒn.ɪ.kəl.i/ US  /ˈkrɑː.nɪ-/ adverb care for the chronically sickContinuous and permanentDisease and illness - general words
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