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Definition of panic verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they panic
he / she / it panics
past simple panicked
-ing form panicking
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to suddenly feel frightened so that you cannot think clearly and you say or do something stupid, dangerous, etc.; to make someone do this I panicked when I saw smoke coming out of the engine. panic somebody/something The gunfire panicked the horses. Phrasal Verbspanic somebody into doing something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: panic