Definition of emergency in English:

emergency

noun

  • 1A serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action.

    ‘personal alarms for use in an emergency’
    mass noun ‘survival packs were carried in case of emergency’
    • ‘Between the hours of 9am and 6 pm these appliances will not be crewed unless a dire emergency arises.’
    • ‘The policy statement introduces a public health initiative to help schools prepare to handle life-threatening medical emergencies.’
    • ‘Pyloric stenosis is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment.’
    • ‘What if there's a family emergency at home?’
    • ‘When Sardinia and Prussia joined the war in July, the assembly declared a national emergency.’
    • ‘Severe blood loss from a bleeding or perforated ulcer is a medical emergency and requires immediate medical attention.’
    • ‘If they declare a public health emergency, governments can skip the negotiating.’
    • ‘Similarly, there might be agreement that in medical emergencies treatments could be given in the context of an approved research study without informed consent.’
    • ‘Acute pulmonary edema is a medical emergency and requires immediate care.’
    • ‘In times of dire national emergency the president must exercise prerogative power.’
    • ‘In addition, any deterioration in mental status or deterioration in physical condition is a medical emergency.’
    • ‘However, our study found the equipment and staff required to manage common medical emergencies are not always available at sites of student assessments.’
    • ‘Currently there are no universal guidelines for handling in-flight medical emergencies.’
    • ‘Outbreaks of diarrhoeal diseases are still one of the major public health emergencies in India.’
    • ‘The most severe cases are medical emergencies and require the most skilled care of a physician in hospital to avoid death.’
    • ‘The search for blood and donors would not be alien to anyone who has faced a medical emergency requiring blood transfusion.’
    • ‘Pulmonary hemorrhage is an acute medical emergency that requires prompt diagnosis and treatment.’
    • ‘Could not one analogously argue that the Suspension Clause authorizes suspension in times of dire national emergency?’
    • ‘Because research evidence for the management of such medical emergencies in primary care is scarce, there is a need for such initiatives to be evaluated.’
    • ‘The whole of the Gulf Coast has been declared a public health emergency.’
    crisis, urgent situation, extremity, exigency
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    1. 1.1as modifier Arising from or used in an emergency.
      ‘an emergency operation to save his sight’
      ‘around 1 in 8 adults have no savings at all, not even an emergency fund’
      • ‘It said emergency exits were blocked, floors were dirty and there were no female toilets.’
      • ‘Emergency surgery calls for expedited preoperative cardiac assessment and management.’
      • ‘A Tory government again invoked emergency powers, against striking rail workers.’
      • ‘I handled all the emergency calls and extra work.’
      • ‘Abigail was born by emergency caesarean in a hospital in Rotherham, says Karen.’
      • ‘The team carried out emergency operations day and night by torchlight.’
      • ‘Bad as this staircase was, the two other emergency exits were worse, McIntyre later said.’
      • ‘The state Labor government has threatened to invoke emergency powers to stop the strike going ahead.’
      • ‘And a year ago, it was extended to offer emergency contraception and condoms.’
      • ‘The regiment will be ready to install the new system during emergency operations by the end of the year.’
      • ‘All sites had a typical emergency medical services response time of three to 15 minutes.’
      • ‘Should police be able to invoke emergency powers to prevent a terrorist attack, and if so, how?’
      • ‘Teachers gave a single lesson on emergency contraception to year 10 pupils.’
      • ‘Aviation-Safety has a compilation gallery of emergency exits.’
      • ‘For terrorism, they include intelligence, investigation, and emergency response preparedness.’
      • ‘They crashed while trying to make an emergency landing in Jefferson City, Mo.’
      • ‘The 737 made an emergency landing at Richmond, pulling up to a gate.’
      • ‘Officials of the main labour federation convened an emergency meeting yesterday on the reverberations throughout the economy.’
      • ‘History of depression or depression during pregnancy was not associated with emergency caesarean section.’
      • ‘The crippled US plane made an emergency landing on the Chinese island of Hainan.’
      urgent, crisis
      alternative, substitute, replacement, spare, extra, standby, auxiliary, reserve, backup, fill-in, fallback, in reserve
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    2. 1.2 A person with a medical condition requiring immediate treatment.
      ‘the hospital treated two hundred emergencies’
      • ‘The 69% remaining were most commonly patients admitted as medical or surgical emergencies.’
      • ‘First medical and surgical emergencies were referred directly to the acute care firms and were seen initially by house officers.’
    3. 1.3North American The department in a hospital which provides immediate treatment.
      ‘a doctor in emergency cleaned the wound’
  • 2the EmergencyIrish historical The Second World War.

  • 3NZ Australian A reserve runner in horse racing.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin emergentia, from Latin emergere ‘arise, bring to light’ (see emerge).

Pronunciation

emergency

/ɪˈməːdʒ(ə)nsi/