Definition of criticize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English also -ise) verb
    BrE BrE//ˈkrɪtɪsaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪtɪsaɪz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they criticize
    BrE BrE//ˈkrɪtɪsaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪtɪsaɪz//
    he / she / it criticizes
    BrE BrE//ˈkrɪtɪsaɪzɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪtɪsaɪzɪz//
    past simple criticized
    BrE BrE//ˈkrɪtɪsaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪtɪsaɪzd//
    past participle criticized
    BrE BrE//ˈkrɪtɪsaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪtɪsaɪzd//
    -ing form criticizing
    BrE BrE//ˈkrɪtɪsaɪzɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪtɪsaɪzɪŋ//
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to say that you disapprove of somebody/something; to say what you do not like or think is wrong about somebody/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.
  3. Extra examples She has openly criticized the government. The film was criticized on the grounds that it glorifies violence. The law was widely criticized as racist. Their record on human rights has been justifiably criticized.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: criticize