Definitions for Emergencyɪˈmɜr dʒən si

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

e•mer•gen•cyɪˈmɜr dʒən si(n.; adj.)(pl.)-cies

  1. (n.)a sudden, urgent, usu. unexpected occurrence requiring immediate action.

  2. a situation requiring help or relief, usu. created by an unexpected event:

    a weather emergency.

  3. (adj.)required or used in an emergency:

    emergency lights.

Origin of emergency:

1625–35; < ML ēmergentia

Princeton's WordNet

  1. emergency, exigency, pinch(noun)

    a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action

    "he never knew what to do in an emergency"

  2. emergency(noun)

    a state in which martial law applies

    "the governor declared a state of emergency"

  3. hand brake, emergency, emergency brake, parking brake(noun)

    a brake operated by hand; usually operates by mechanical linkage

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. emergency(noun)ɪˈmɜr dʒən si

    a dangerous or very difficult situation

    It's important to remain calm in an emergency.; emergency medicine/surgery


  1. emergency(Noun)

    A situation such as a natural or man-made disaster requiring urgent assistance.

  2. emergency(Noun)

    The department of a hospital that treats emergencies.

  3. emergency(Noun)

    The quality of being emergent; sudden or unexpected appearance; an unforeseen occurrence.

  4. emergency(Adjective)

    Related to the emergency or to the provision of assistance.

    emergency vehicles

Webster Dictionary

  1. Emergency(noun)

    sudden or unexpected appearance; an unforeseen occurrence; a sudden occasion

  2. Emergency(noun)

    an unforeseen occurrence or combination of circumstances which calls for immediate action or remedy; pressing necessity; exigency

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Emergency' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2605

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Emergency' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2938

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Emergency' in Nouns Frequency: #1057

Translations for Emergency

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an unexpected, especially dangerous happening or situation

Call the doctor; – it's an emergency; You must save some money for emergencies; (also adjective) an emergency exit.

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