crisis

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Noun[change]

Singular
crisis

Plural
crises

  1. (countable) A crisis is a situation that has become very bad or very dangerous.
    The latest change in the hostage crisis came one day after Israel freed 51 prisoners from a jail in south Lebanon.
    This will be president's last trip to the Persian Gulf until the crisis has been resolved.
    The conditions of these people were extremely difficult and we faced really serious humanitarian crisis.
    The US financial system is in crisis.
    He has clear ideas about how to solve our energy crisis.
  2. (countable) A crisis is a serious emotional problem.
    My high school friends thought I was confused, that I was having an identity crisis.
    My dad quit his job. I think he's going through a midlife crisis.