Panic - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈpænɪk|  American pronunciation of the word panic
Brit.  |ˈpænɪk|  British pronunciation of the word panic
- an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety (syn: affright, terror)
- sudden mass fear and anxiety over anticipated events (syn: scare)
panic in the stock market
- be overcome by a sudden fear
The students panicked when told that final exams were less than a week away
- cause sudden fear in or fill with sudden panic
The mere thought of an isolation cell panicked the prisoners

Examples

He was in a panic when he realized how late he was.

There's no reason to get into a panic.

The villagers fled in panic from the approaching army.

The crowd was in a state of panic.

She has panic attacks whenever she has to speak in public.

If something goes wrong, don't panic.

The deer, panicked by the headlights, ran in front of the car.

They felt panic at the thought of leaving their family.

Guests panicked when the bomb exploded.

The children fled in panic.

She got into a panic when she couldn't find the tickets.

The whole nation is in a state of panic following the attacks.

She suffers from terrible panic attacks.

He started to panic when he saw the gun.

Don't panic! We'll soon get you out of there.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: panic
he/she/it: panics
present participle: panicking
past tense: panicked
past participle: panicked
noun
singular: panic
plural: panics
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