I. panic pan‧ic 1 [ˈpænɪk] noun [countable, uncountable]
1. a feeling of great fear and anxiety that makes you act without thinking:

• The stock market crash left an air of panic from which many individual investors still haven't recovered.

• By announcing future price increases, the administration touched off a consumer panic.

2. panic buying/​selling/​trading when people are so anxious or worried about the future that they buy or sell goods, shares etc without thinking carefully first:

• Manila shares plunged 10.9% in panic selling.

• At a supermarket in Brussels, panic buying got so furious that the managers stopped trying to put sugar, coffee and mineral water on the shelves.

  [m0] II. panic panic 2 verb panicked PTandPP panicking PRESPART [intransitive, transitive]
to suddenly become so frightened and anxious that you do things without thinking clearly, or to make someone do this:

• Financial markets panicked, causing a run on the currency (= causing the currency to lose a lot of its value ) .

• Crowds of depositors, many panicked by fears they would lose their life savings, formed outside the banks.

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panic UK US /ˈpænɪk/ noun [C or U]
a sudden strong feeling of fear that prevents reasonable thought and action: panic about/over sth »

There is no cause for panic about oil prices.

a state/wave of panic »

The government was in a state of panic.

cause/trigger panic »

The drop in prices could cause panic among investors.


There is no sense of panic yet or any feeling that this is the start of a long-term decline in the pound.

panic UK US /ˈpænɪk/ verb [I or T] (panicking, panicked, panicked)
to suddenly feel so worried or frightened that you cannot think or behave reasonably, or to cause someone to feel this: »

There is no need for home buyers to panic.

panic about/over sth »

Should people with savings panic about the safety of their money?


Oil producers were panicked by the drop in oil prices.

panic sb into doing sth »

The delay in consumer spending means that shops may be panicked into cutting prices.

panic UK US /ˈpænɪk/ adjective [before noun]
resulting from a feeling of panic: panic buying/selling »

Panic buying has led to fears that almost half the gas stations could run out of fuel by tomorrow.

a panic measure/reaction »

The private meeting was a panic reaction to the news of the merger.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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