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sickadjective

 us   /sɪk/
  • sick adjective (ILL)

physically or mentally ill; not well or healthy: We’ve got a sick cat. I feel sick. Only a sick mind could think of such things. He’s out sick (= absent because of illness). Samantha called in sick (= called to say she was ill and not coming to work).
  • sick adjective (VOMITING)

[-er/-est only] feeling as if you are going to vomit: She was so nervous she got sick. I feel sick to my stomach (= likely to vomit).
  • sick adjective (UNPLEASANT)

[-er/-est only] causing or experiencing unpleasant feelings: Michelle is sick about not getting that job. I can’t believe she lost the election – it just makes me sick.
(Definition of sick from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"sick" in British English

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sickadjective

uk   /sɪk/  us   /sɪk/
  • sick adjective (ILL)

A2 physically or mentally ill; not well or healthy: a sick child a sick cow My father has been off sick (= not working because of illness) for a long time. Anyone who could hurt a child like that must be sick (= mentally ill). The old woman fell/took/was taken sick (= became ill) while she was away and had to come home. Sarah called in/reported sick (= told her employer that she was unable to go to work because of illness).figurative High rates of crime are considered by some people to be a sign of a sick society.

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  • sick adjective (VOMIT)

A2 [after verb] feeling ill as if you are going to vomit: Lucy felt sick the morning after the party. If you eat any more of that cake, you'll make yourself sick.
be sick
B1 to vomit: She was sick after she ate too much chocolate.

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  • sick adjective (UNPLEASANT)

B2 [after verb] informal feeling strong unpleasant emotions, especially anger or disgust: I'm sick at (= unhappy about) not getting that job. It makes me sick (= makes me very angry) to see people wearing fur coats.UK informal It's sick-making (= very annoying) that she's being paid so much for doing so little. I'm sick (and tired/to death) of (= very annoyed about) the way you're behaving. She was worried sick (= very worried) when her daughter didn't come home on time. I felt sick (= felt shocked and disgusted) when I heard about the prisoners being beaten.
[after verb] informal cruel or offensive: Joan was not amused by the sick joke her brother told.

sicknoun

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(Definition of sick from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sick" in Business English

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sickadjective

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WORKPLACE, HR not feeling well: Peter called in sick this morning.off/out sick She's been out sick for a week.
a sick business, economy, etc. is having a lot of problems that are difficult to solve: Low interest rates often signal that an economy is sick. New executives were brought in to turn the sick company around.
(Definition of sick from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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