chronic Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “chronic” - English Dictionary

Definition of "chronic" - American English Dictionary

See all translations

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)

Definition of "chronic" - British English Dictionary

See all translations

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.
More examples

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
(Definition of chronic from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of chronic?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

chestnut

a large tree with leaves divided into five parts and large round nuts that can be eaten

Word of the Day