ADJ. acute, grave, major, serious, severe, terrible, worst the worst economic crisis for fifty years | growing, mounting | impending, looming | international, national | constitutional, economic, financial, fiscal, political | cash, debt, energy, hostage, housing, oil, refugee the Third World debt crisis | family, personal | identity | mid-life
VERB + CRISIS be faced with, be hit by, face, go through, have (informal), suffer With competition from cheap imports, the British coal industry is facing a serious crisis. He's having a mid-life crisis. | cause, create, lead to, precipitate, provoke, spark off | deal with, defuse, ease, handle, overcome, resolve, respond to, solve, tackle Union leaders are taking immediate steps to defuse the crisis. attempts to ease the town's housing crisis | survive, weather | avert, prevent | aggravate
CRISIS + VERB arise waiting for the next crisis to arise | deepen, worsen | be over As soon as the crisis was over, she relaxed.
PREP. during a/the ~ Three people died during the hostage crisis. | in (a/the) ~ The government is in crisis. She's no good in a crisis. | ~ in the growing crisis in education | ~ over a crisis over pensions
CRISIS + NOUN point The team's dismal season has reached crisis point. | management an expert in crisis management
PHRASES a crisis of confidence The company is suffering a severe crisis of confidence. | at/in moments/times of crisis In times of crisis it's good to have someone you can rely on for advice.