emergency

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ɪˈm3ːrənsi/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ɪˈmɝdʒənsi/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(i mûrjən sē)


Inflections of 'emergency' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": emergencies

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
e•mer•gen•cy /ɪˈmɜrdʒənsi/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -cies. 
  1. a sudden, urgent, usually unexpected event or happening requiring immediate action:In an emergency, call the doctor.
See -merg-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
e•mer•gen•cy  (i mûrjən sē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -cies, adj. 
n. 
  1. a sudden, urgent, usually unexpected occurrence or occasion requiring immediate action.
  2. a state, esp. of need for help or relief, created by some unexpected event:a weather emergency; a financial emergency.

adj. 
  1. granted, used, or for use in an emergency:an emergency leave; emergency lights.
  • Medieval Latin ēmergentia, equivalent. to ēmerg- (see emerge) + -entia -ency. See emergent
  • 1625–35
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged exigency, extremity, pinch, quandary, plight.
      Emergency, crisis, straits refer to dangerous situations. An
      emergency is a situation demanding immediate action:A power failure created an emergency in transportation.A
      crisis is a vital or decisive turning point in a condition or state of affairs, and everything depends on the outcome of it:Help arrived when affairs had reached a crisis.Strait (usually
      straits) suggests a pressing situation, often one of need or want:The family was in desperate straits for food and clothing.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
emergency /ɪˈmɜːdʒənsɪ/ n ( pl -cies)
  1. an unforeseen or sudden occurrence, esp of a danger demanding immediate remedy or action
  2. (as modifier): an emergency exit
  3. a patient requiring urgent treatment
  4. (as modifier): an emergency ward
  5. state of emergencya condition, declared by a government, in which martial law applies, usually because of civil unrest or natural disaster
  6. NZ a player selected to stand by to replace an injured member of a team; reserve
'emergency' also found in these entries:
Collocations: [press, hit] the emergency [button, switch], call the emergency services, emergency [assistance, response], more...

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