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English definition of “accident”

accident

noun [C]     /ˈæk.sɪ.dənt/
A2 something bad that happens that is not expected or intended and that often damages something or injures someone: Josh had an accident and spilled water all over his work. She was injured in a car/road accident (= when one car hit another).Accidents and disastersDifficult situations and unpleasant experiencesFailures by accident B1 without intending to, or without being intended: I deleted the file by accident. I found her letter by accident as I was looking through my files.Accidents and disastersDifficult situations and unpleasant experiencesFailures
(Definition of accident noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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