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noun [countable/uncountable] crisis pronunciation in American English /ˈkraɪsɪs/ 
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  1. 1
    an urgent, difficult, or dangerous situation
    financial/economic/political crisis:

    a period of economic/financial/political crisis

    defuse/resolve/solve a crisis:

    Talks have so far failed to resolve the crisis (=end it).

    crisis in:

    the current crisis in the farming industry

    in crisis:

    We admit that the nursing profession is in crisis.

    1. a.
      a dangerous situation in someone's personal or professional life when something could fail

      He's the kind of person who copes well in a crisis.

      a mid-life crisis (=a time around the age of 40 when someone feels dissatisfied with their life):

      Perhaps your father is having some sort of mid-life crisis.

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