Definition of epidemic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌepɪˈdemɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌepɪˈdemɪk//
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  1. 1(of something bad) occurring more and more frequently in a particular place Car theft is now reaching epidemic proportions.
  2. 2(of a disease) with large numbers of cases occurring at the same time in a particular community Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in this country. epidemic disease compare pandemic

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