emergency

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emergency (plural emergencies)

  1. A situation which poses an immediate threat to human life or health and requires urgent assistance.

Cardiac arrest is an emergency and if you find someone in cardiac arrest you should call 999 immediately.

  1. (Canada, US, often attributive) The department of a hospital that treats emergencies.
  2. (archaic) The quality of being emergent; sudden or unexpected appearance; an unforeseen occurrence.

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  • (hospital department): casualty
  • (hospital department): emerg
  • (hospital department): ER

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emergency (not comparable)

  1. Related to the emergency or to the provision of assistance.
    emergency vehicles

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