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—n., pl. -cies,
1. a sudden, urgent, usually unexpected occurrence or occasion requiring immediate action.
2. a state, esp. of need for help or relief, created by some unexpected event: a weather emergency; a financial emergency.
granted, used, or for use in an emergency: an emergency leave; emergency lights.
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