1) ADJ-GRADED A critical time, factor, or situation is extremely important.

The incident happened at a critical point in the campaign...

Environmentalists say a critical factor in the city's pollution is its population...

He says setting priorities is of critical importance...

How you finance a business is critical to the success of your venture.

Derived words:
critically [[t]krɪ̱tɪkli[/t]] ADV-GRADED ADV with v, ADV adj

Economic prosperity depends critically on an open world trading system...

It was a critically important moment in his career.

2) ADJ A critical situation is very serious and dangerous.

The German authorities are considering an airlift if the situation becomes critical...

Its day-to-day finances are in a critical state.

Derived words:
critically ADV usu ADV adj

Moscow is running critically low on food supplies.

3) ADJ If a person is critical or in a critical condition in hospital, they are seriously ill.

Ten of the injured are said to be in critical condition.

Derived words:
critically ADV usu ADV adj, also ADV with v

She was critically ill...

A youth was killed and another critically injured.

4) ADJ-GRADED: oft ADJ of n To be critical of someone or something means to criticize them.

His report is highly critical of the trial judge.

...a few dozen intellectuals who've been critical of the regime...

He has apologised for critical remarks he made about the referee.

Derived words:
critically ADV-GRADED

She spoke critically of Lara.

5) ADJ: ADJ n A critical approach to something involves examining and judging it carefully.

We need to become critical text-readers...

Marx's work was more than a critical study of capitalist production.

...the critical analysis of political ideas.

Derived words:
critically ADV-GRADED

Wyman watched them critically.

6) ADJ: ADJ n If something or someone receives critical acclaim, critics say that it is very good.

The film met with considerable critical and public acclaim...

The show was also a resounding critical success.

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