emergency

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Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: /i.'mɚ.dʒən.si/
  • SAMPA: /i."m@`dZVn/

Noun[change]

Singular
emergency

Plural
emergencies

  1. (countable) An emergency is a serious situation that needs to be dealt with very quickly.
    She called 911 to report the emergency to police.
    With the new fighting, the president has declared a state of emergency.
    He was rushed to the emergency room where doctors operated to save his life.
    Some airlines failed to show pilots how to operate emergency exits.
    In an emergency, please close your doors and windows and stay calm.
  2. (uncountable) Emergency is the department in a hospital that takes people with immediate medial needs.

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