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  ( panics    plural & 3rd person present)   ( panicking    present participle)   ( panicked    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-var   Panic is a very strong feeling of anxiety or fear, which makes you act without thinking carefully.  
An earthquake hit the capital, causing panic among the population..., I phoned the doctor in a panic, crying that I'd lost the baby.     
2       n-uncount   Panic or apanic is a situation in which people are affected by a strong feeling of anxiety.  
also a N  
There was a moment of panic in Britain as it became clear just how vulnerable the nation was..., I'm in a panic about getting everything done in time..., The policy announcement caused panic buying of petrol.     
3       verb   If you panic or if someone panics you, you suddenly feel anxious or afraid, and act quickly and without thinking carefully.  
Guests panicked and screamed when the bomb exploded...      V  
The unexpected and sudden memory briefly panicked her...      V n  
She refused to be panicked into a hasty marriage.      be V-ed into n  

If someone is panic-stricken or is behaving in a panic-stricken way, they are so anxious or afraid that they may act without thinking carefully.      adj  
Panic-stricken travellers fled for the borders...     
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