ADJ. extreme (formal), major, real, serious Don't call me unless its a real emergency. | sudden, unexpected, unforeseen | international, national in times of national emergency | medical | military
VERB + EMERGENCY cope with, deal with, handle, respond to firefighters on call to respond to emergencies
EMERGENCY + VERB arise Call this number if any unforeseen emergency should arise.
EMERGENCY + NOUN action, measures, procedures | laws, legislation, regulations | powers The police have been given emergency powers to deal with the crisis. | rule | meeting, session, talks | cover The army provided emergency cover when the ambulance service went on strike. | services The emergency services are struggling to cope with the number of call-outs. | aid, assistance, funds, relief, supply Emergency supplies of food have been flown to the area. | fund | call The ambulance crashed while answering an emergency call. | admission, case Emergency admissions to hospital are given top priority. | surgery, treatment | repairs | exit | landing
PREP. for ~ She told me to keep the money for emergencies. | in an ~ I need to know what to do in an emergency.
PHRASES the accident and emergency department the closure of the hospital's accident and emergency department | in case of emergency/emergencies There's a fire blanket on the kitchen wall in case of emergencies. | a state of emergency The president immediately declared a state of emergency.