Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “epidemic”

See all translations

epidemic

noun uk   /ˌep.ɪˈdem.ɪk/ us  

epidemic noun (DISEASE)

[C] the appearance of a particular disease in a large number of people at the same time: a flu epidemic

epidemic noun (PROBLEM)

epidemic

adjective uk   /ˌep.ɪˈdem.ɪk/ us  
happening a lot and affecting many people: Poverty in this country has reached epidemic proportions . Crime and poverty are epidemic in the city.
Translations of “epidemic”
in Korean 유행병…
in Arabic وَباء…
in French épidémie…
in Turkish salgın, hastalık salgını…
in Italian epidemia…
in Chinese (Traditional) 疾病, (疾病的)流行,傳染…
in Russian эпидемия…
in Polish epidemia…
in Spanish epidemia…
in Portuguese epidemia…
in German die Epidemie…
in Catalan epidèmia…
in Japanese (病気の)流行…
in Chinese (Simplified) 疾病, (疾病的)流行,传染…
(Definition of epidemic from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of epidemic?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “epidemic” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

guru

a religious leader or teacher in the Hindu or Sikh religion

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More