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crisisnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈkrɑɪ·sɪs/ (plural crises  /ˈkrɑɪ·siz/ )
an ​extremelydangerous or ​difficultsituation: [C] an ​economic crisis [U] People ​react in ​times of crisis, but ​ignore us the ​rest of the ​time.
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uk   us   /ˈkraɪ.sɪs/ (plural crises uk   /-siːz/ us   )
B2 [C or U] a ​time of ​greatdisagreement, ​confusion, or ​suffering: The country's ​leadership is in crisis. an ​economic/​financial crisis We have a ​family crisis on my ​hands - my 16-year-old ​sister is ​pregnant. [C] an ​extremelydifficult or ​dangerouspoint in a ​situation: crisis ​talks A ​mediator has been called in to resolve the crisis. [C] US (also crisis point) a ​moment during a ​seriousillness when there is the ​possibility of ​suddenly getting either ​better or ​worse: He's ​passed the crisis - the fever's ​started to go down.a crisis of confidence a ​suddenloss of ​confidence: With ​inflation at 500 ​percent, the ​countryfaces a crisis of ​confidence.

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crisisnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈkraɪsɪs/ (plural crises /ˈkraɪsiːz/ )
a ​situation that is extremely difficult or dangerous, when there are many problems: a ​major/serious/​global crisis an ​economic/​financial/​political crisisa looming/impending/growing crisis This matter ​needs to be discussed, in the ​light of the ​loomingpensions crisis.cause/create a crisis The ​ban, fortunately, did not ​create a crisis in the dairy ​industry.face a crisis The ​industry is facing a serious ​staffing crisis.a crisis arises/occurs/deepens This ​articleexamines how the ​debt crisis arose,address/resolve/solve a crisis A ​mediator has been called in to ​resolve the crisis. The country's ​leadership is in crisis.
crisis of confidence a ​situation when ​people become less confident and ​start to worry: The company's ​poortradingfigures provoked a crisis of ​confidence on the ​stockmarkets.
(Definition of crisis from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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