emergency Definition

a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action.

Using emergency: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "emergency" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The hospital is equipped to handle medical emergencies.

  • Example

    In case of emergency, call 911.

  • Example

    The government declared a state of emergency after the earthquake.

  • Example

    The pilot made an emergency landing due to engine failure.

emergency Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for emergency

Phrases with emergency

  • emergency services

    services that provide immediate assistance in case of an emergency, such as police, fire department, and ambulance


    The emergency services arrived at the scene within minutes.

  • a collection of basic supplies and equipment that are prepared in advance to be used in case of an emergency


    It's important to have an emergency kit ready in case of a natural disaster.

  • a medical treatment facility specializing in emergency medicine, usually found in hospitals


    He was rushed to the emergency room after the car accident.


Summary: emergency in Brief

The term 'emergency' [ɪˈməːdʒ(ə)nsi] refers to a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation that requires immediate action. It can range from medical emergencies to natural disasters, exemplified by 'In case of emergency, call 911.' 'Emergency' extends into phrases like 'emergency services,' and 'emergency kit,' denoting resources and preparations for such situations.

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