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noun American English pronunciation: panic /ˈpænɪk/ 
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singularpanic
pluralpanics
  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] a sudden strong feeling of fear or worry that makes you unable to think clearly or calmly
    sheer/blind panic:

    She felt a moment of sheer panic.

    panic spreads:

    Panic spread quickly through the capital city.

    in panic:

    People are fleeing the area in panic.

    get in/into a panic:

    She gets in a panic whenever she has to take a test.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a situation in which a lot of people are hurrying to do or get something because they are frightened or worried

    News of the incident caused a panic in the town.

    1. a.
      [only before noun] used about things that people do when they are frightened or worried
      panic buying/selling:

      The news prompted a rash of panic buying.

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