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Definition of "criticize" []

  • To find fault with: criticized the decision as unrealistic. See Usage Note at critique. (verb-transitive)
  • To judge the merits and faults of; analyze and evaluate. (verb-transitive)
  • To act as a critic. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "criticize" in a sentence
  • "Republicans, by taking the House, are going to be forced into "having a dog in the fight" instead of being able to merely criticize from the sidelines as the "Party of 'No,'" because they're going to be the ones to produce legislation and budgets, instead of having the luxury of just opposing everything the other party comes up with."
  • "What I criticize is the "do as I say, not as I do" hypocrisy that characterizes liberal approaches to education."
  • "A party that has zero solutions and can only criticize is destined for failure."