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"chronic" in British English

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chronicadjective

uk   /ˈkrɒn.ɪk/  us   /ˈkrɑː.nɪk/
  • chronic adjective (LONG-LASTING)

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

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chronically
adverb uk   /ˈkrɒn.ɪ.kəl.i/  us   /ˈkrɑː.nɪ-/
care for the chronically ​sick
(Definition of chronic from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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chronicadjective

 us   /ˈkrɑn·ɪk/
(esp. of a ​disease or something ​bad) ​continuing for a ​longtime: Mr. George is ​resigning because of chronic ​heartdisease. There is a chronic ​shortage of ​teachers.
chronically
adverb  us   /ˈkrɑn·ɪk·li/
The ​hospitalprovidescare to chronically ​illpatients for as ​long as they need it.
(Definition of chronic from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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