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"emergency" in British English

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emergencynoun [C or U]

uk   /ɪˈmɜː.dʒən.si/  us   /-ˈmɝː-/
B1 something ​dangerous or ​serious, such as an ​accident, that ​happenssuddenly or ​unexpectedly and ​needsfastaction in ​order to ​avoidharmfulresults: How would ​disabledpeopleescape in an emergency? Is the emergency exitsuitable for ​wheelchairs? The ​pilot of the ​aircraft was ​forced to make an emergency landing on Lake Geneva.

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(Definition of emergency from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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emergencynoun [C]

 us   /ɪˈmɜr·dʒən·si/
a ​dangerous or ​serioussituation, such as an ​accident, that ​happenssuddenly or unexpectedly and ​needsimmediateaction: In an emergency, ​dial 911 for an ​ambulance.
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"emergency" in Business English

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emergencynoun [C]

uk   us   /ɪˈmɜːdʒənsi/ (plural emergencies)
a dangerous or serious ​situation that ​happens unexpectedly and ​needs fast ​action in ​order to ​avoid harmful ​results: Aim to ​build up risk-free ​savings in ​case of emergency. The ​governordeclared a state of emergency as ​floodingforced more than 1,400 ​residents from their homes.

emergencyadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ɪˈmɜːdʒənsi/
intended to ​helpdeal with an emergency: Another $2 ​billion in ​surplusrevenue will be set aside, by ​law, in a ​state emergency ​fund.emergency measure/plan/procedure Emergency ​measuresintroduced by ​majorcreditcard issuers to stem the tide of ​fraud should be in ​place by the autumn. emergency ​aid/​assistance/​help
done very quickly because there is an emergency: Seven ​boardmembers called for an emergency ​meeting.
(Definition of emergency from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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