panic - definition and synonyms

 
verb 

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/ˈpænɪk/
present tense
I/you/we/theypanic
he/she/itpanics
present participlepanicking
past tensepanicked
past participlepanicked
  1. [intransitive] to have a sudden strong feeling of fear or worry and be unable to think clearly or calmly or decide what to do

    We were told not to panic.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to make someone feel great fear or worry so that they cannot think clearly or decide what to do
      be panicked by something:

      We’re not panicked by yesterday’s result.

      panic someone into (doing) something:

      Shoppers are panicked into buying things they don’t need.