panicnoun [ C usually singular, U ]uk /ˈpæn.ɪk/ us /ˈpæn.ɪk/
a state of panic
Carmel was in a panic about her exam.
- Hyperventilation can be caused by fear or panic.
- I was in a mad panic trying to get everything ready.
- A wave of panic swept through the crowd and people started running.
- The explosion sent the crowd into a panic.
- To say that her resignation was a shock would be an understatement - it caused panic.
panicverb [ I or T ]uk /ˈpæn.ɪk/ us /ˈpæn.ɪk/ present participle panicking, past tense and past participle panicked
Don't panic! Everything will be okay.
- Don't panic - it mightn't be true.
- Don't panic, there's bags of time yet.
- Panicking isn't going to help the situation.
- I suddenly thought no one was going to come and panicked.
- He panicked and slammed his foot on the brake.
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