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noun [countable/uncountable] crisis pronunciation in British 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.
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      a dangerous situation in someones 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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