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emergency

[ ih-mur-juhn-see ]
/ ɪˈmɜr dʒən si /
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noun, plural e·mer·gen·cies.
a sudden, urgent, usually unexpected occurrence or occasion requiring immediate action.
a state, especially of need for help or relief, created by some unexpected event: a weather emergency; a financial emergency.
emergency room: Bring him to emergency—the doctor will meet you there.
adjective
granted, used, or for use in an emergency: an emergency leave; emergency lights.
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Origin of emergency

First recorded in 1625–35; from Medieval Latin ēmergentia, equivalent to ēmerg- (see emerge) + -entia noun suffix (see -ency); see also emergent

synonym study for emergency

1. 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.

OTHER WORDS FROM emergency

non·e·mer·gen·cy, adjective, noun, plural non·e·mer·gen·cies.post·e·mer·gen·cy, adjectivepre·e·mer·gen·cy, adjective, noun, plural pre·e·mer·gen·cies.
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How to use emergency in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for emergency

emergency
/ (ɪˈmɜːdʒənsɪ) /

noun plural -cies
  1. an unforeseen or sudden occurrence, esp of a danger demanding immediate remedy or action
  2. (as modifier)an emergency exit
  1. a patient requiring urgent treatment
  2. (as modifier)an emergency ward
state of emergency a condition, declared by a government, in which martial law applies, usually because of civil unrest or natural disaster
NZ a player selected to stand by to replace an injured member of a team; reserve
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