Definition of criticize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    criticize

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈkrɪt̮əˌsaɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they criticize
     
    he / she / it criticizes
     
    past simple criticized
     
    -ing form criticizing
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to say that you disapprove of someone or something; to say what you do not like or think is wrong about someone or something All you ever do is criticize! criticize somebody/something The decision was criticized by environmental groups. criticize somebody/something for something The government has been criticized for not taking the problem seriously. opposite praise
  2. 2 [transitive] criticize something to judge the good and bad qualities of something We were taught how to criticize poems.
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