noun (plural emergencies)
- 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 emergencyMore example sentences
crisis, urgent situation, extremity, exigency; accident, disaster, catastrophe, calamity; difficulty, plight, predicament, tight spot, tight corner, mess; quandary, dilemma; unforeseen circumstances, dire/desperate straits, danger
- Currently there are no universal guidelines for handling in-flight medical emergencies.
- The policy statement introduces a public health initiative to help schools prepare to handle life-threatening medical emergencies.
- If they declare a public health emergency, governments can skip the negotiating.
- 1.1 [as modifier] Arising from or used in an emergency: an emergency exitMore example sentences
- The team carried out emergency operations day and night by torchlight.
- It said emergency exits were blocked, floors were dirty and there were no female toilets.
- Bad as this staircase was, the two other emergency exits were worse, McIntyre later said.
- 1.2A person with a medical condition requiring immediate treatment: the hospital treated two hundred emergenciesMore example sentences
- 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.
mid 17th century: from medieval Latin emergentia, from Latin emergere 'arise, bring to light' (see emerge).