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Definition of panic verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

panic

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈpænɪk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpænɪk//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they panic
BrE BrE//ˈpænɪk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpænɪk//
 
he / she / it panics
BrE BrE//ˈpænɪks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpænɪks//
 
past simple panicked
BrE BrE//ˈpænɪkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpænɪkt//
 
past participle panicked
BrE BrE//ˈpænɪkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpænɪkt//
 
-ing form panicking
BrE BrE//ˈpænɪkɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpænɪkɪŋ//
 
Fear
 
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(panicking, panicked) [intransitive, transitive] to suddenly feel frightened so that you cannot think clearly and you say or do something stupid, dangerous, etc.; to make somebody do this I panicked when I saw smoke coming out of the engine. panic somebody/something The gunfire panicked the horses. See related entries: Fear Word Origin early 17th cent.: from French panique, from modern Latin panicus, from Greek panikos, from the name of the god Pan in Greek mythology, noted for causing terror, to whom woodland noises were attributed.Extra examples He panics at the first sign of trouble. The police say women shouldn’t be panicked into staying at home. We are beginning to panic about the wedding arrangements. Don’t panic! We need to try and stay calm. Phrasal Verbspanic somebody into doing something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: panic