Definition of pandemic in English:

pandemic

Pronunciation /panˈdemik/ /pænˈdɛmɪk/

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noun

  • A widespread occurrence of an infectious disease over a whole country or the world at a particular time.

    ‘the impact of the pandemic caused loved ones to be separated and unable to meet in person’
    • ‘the results may have been skewed by an influenza pandemic’
    • ‘the coronavirus pandemic’
    • ‘During the coronavirus pandemic, have your kids been using headphones more than usual?’
    • ‘The new hotline is available for staff who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic .’
    • ‘The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting many businesses.’
    • ‘The current pandemic is reshaping the world as we know it.’
    • ‘They'd been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdowns.’
    • ‘The ongoing pandemic and the resultant lockdown has been difficult for everyone.’
    • ‘We are committed to minimizing the financial impact of the pandemic on our employees.’
    • ‘The global health pandemic had caused many major sports competitions to be cancelled or postponed.’
    • ‘I've been cooking more during the pandemic.’
    • ‘As a health care professional, I knew the history of pandemics.’
    • ‘She has dealt with pandemics in the past , but none that spread so quickly.’
    • ‘Most scientists have said for years there's potential for pandemics like this to emerge.’
    • ‘We cannot prevent epidemics or pandemics, but we can accumulate critical knowledge ahead of time.’
    • ‘There were three major pandemics in the 20th century.’
    • ‘Viral pandemics occur with surprising regularity throughout world history.’
    • ‘Scientists are watching the virus closely to see if it could spark a global pandemic .’
    • ‘How do you provide safe access to a courthouse during a pandemic?’
    • ‘Smallpox has the potential to become a pandemic.’
    • ‘The virus did not spread easily between humans and did not result in a pandemic.’
    • ‘In just a few months, the pandemic has changed the way people live, work, travel and socialize.’
    disease, sickness
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adjective

  • (of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world.

    ‘pandemic diseases have occurred throughout history’
    • ‘The arrival of a pandemic influenza would trigger a reaction that would change the world overnight.’
    • ‘The idea that this flu could reach pandemic proportions is a chilling thought.’
    • ‘Companies should prepare for a pandemic flu the way they would for a blizzard.’
    • ‘The factors involved in the genesis of each pandemic virus are probably different.’
    • ‘The Department of Health will also announce its revised pandemic flu contingency plan this week.’
    • ‘This argues for the need to look at other ways to respond to a new flu strain which has pandemic potential.’
    • ‘Even if nations vaccinate their entire populations, they will not remain immune to the pandemic shock.’
    • ‘We are on the brink of a new pandemic age.’
    • ‘Decisions to raise the level of pandemic alert were based on clearly defined criteria.’
    • ‘Sixty to seventy years ago we had a better pandemic control system in place than we do now.’
    • ‘ally in the case of a deadly outbreak . According to Lee , ’
    • ‘One of the critical needs during a pandemic crisis is for health care officials to make important decisions very quickly.’
    • ‘Considered the first true pandemic disease, the Black Death killed half of Europe 's population in 1348.’
    • ‘Diabetes is a global pandemic disease.’
    • ‘The threat of pandemic disease deserves to rank among our most rational fears.’
    • ‘The latest findings raise possibilities on how vaccines could be used during pandemic emergencies.’
    • ‘The decisive factor in Rome's biological history was the arrival of new germs capable of causing pandemic events.’
    • ‘Early treatment helps speed recovery in seasonal and pandemic flu.’
    • ‘A pandemic flu could be spread easily and quickly, carried by individuals with no obvious symptoms.’
    • ‘Obesity has reached pandemic levels.’
    widespread, prevalent, pervasive, rife, rampant, epidemic
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Usage

On the difference between pandemic, endemic, and epidemic, see
epidemic

Origin

Mid 17th century from Greek pandēmos (from pan ‘all’ + dēmos ‘people’) + -ic.