panic ( 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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