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Definition of crisis noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [countable, uncountable] (pl. crises
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  1. 1a time of great danger, difficulty, or confusion when problems must be solved or important decisions must be made a political/financial crisis the government's latest economic crisis The business is still in crisis but it has survived the worst of the recession. The party was facing an identity crisis. an expert in crisis management We provide help to families in crisis situations. In times of crisis I know which friends I can turn to. The party was suffering a crisis of confidence among its supporters (= they did not trust it any longer). see also midlife crisis
  2. 2a time when a problem, a bad situation, or an illness is at its worst point Their marriage has reached a crisis point. The fever has passed its crisis. see also critical