Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to find fault (with something)
  • v. to evaluate (something), and judge its merits and faults

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. same as criticise.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To examine or judge critically; utter or write criticisms upon; pass judgment upon with respect to merit or demerit; animadvert upon; discover and weigh the faults and merits of: as, to criticize a painting; to criticize a poem; to criticize conduct.
  • Specifically To censure; judge with severity; point out defects or faults in.
  • To act as a critic; judge of anything critically; utter or write critical opinions.
  • To animadvert; express opinions as to particular points: followed by on.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. act as a critic
  • v. find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws

Etymologies

Century 1911: from critic +‎ -ize (Wiktionary)

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