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panic

noun [C/U]    /ˈpæn·ɪk/
a sudden, strong feeling of anxiety or fear that prevents reasonable thought and action and may spread to influence many people: [U] When fire broke out, 602 people died in the panic that ensued. Panic is also used to describe any behavior that is sudden, extreme, and results from fear: [C] A brief panic overtook the financial markets in October. panic    /ˈpæn·ɪk/ verb [I/T] (present participle panicking, past tense and past participle panicked) [I] The driver who hit him panicked and fled. panicky    /ˈpæn·ɪ·ki/ adjective a panicky feeling
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