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"critical" in British English

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criticaladjective

uk   /ˈkrɪt.ɪ.kəl/ us   /ˈkrɪt̬.ɪ.kəl/
  • critical adjective (NOT PLEASED)

B2 saying that someone or something is bad or wrong: a critical report The report is highly critical of safety standards at the factory.

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(Definition of critical from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"critical" in American English

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criticaladjective

us   /ˈkrɪt̬·ɪ·kəl/
  • critical adjective (IMPORTANT)

of the greatest importance: critical industries What happens in the next 48 hours is critical.
  • critical adjective (VERY BAD)

very bad or dangerous: He was admitted to Metropolitan Hospital in critical condition.
  • critical adjective (JUDGING ENTERTAINMENT)

showing approval by those whose job is to judge entertainment: The movie was a financial and critical success.
  • critical adjective (DISAPPROVING PERSON)

expressing an opinion about something or someone, esp. a negative opinion: My mother is always so critical of the way I dress!
(Definition of critical from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"critical" in Business English

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criticaladjective

uk   /ˈkrɪtɪkəl/ us  
extremely important to the progress or success of something: critical to/for sth Logistics and distribution are critical to an e-commerce venture's success. Critical decisions need to be taken. We see this as a critical time and potentially a turning point in the crisis.
extremely serious or dangerous: be in critical condition As a result of unchecked pollution, the Chesapeake Bay is in critical condition. The company had a loss of $511,000 and a critical shortage of cash.
saying that someone or something is bad or wrong: A highly critical report was released Tuesday on BP's five U.S. refineries.critical of sb/sth He is very critical of his manager.
using careful judgment: We need to do some critical thinking to solve this problem.
critically
adverb
The small business market as a whole is critically important. Regional or bilateral trade deals need to be looked at more critically.
(Definition of critical from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“critical” in Business English

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