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"accessory" in British English

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accessorynoun

uk   /əkˈses.ər.i/  us   /-ɚ-/
  • accessory noun (EXTRA)

C1 [C usually plural] something ​added to a ​machine or to ​clothing that has a ​useful or ​decorativepurpose: She ​wore a ​greenwoolsuit with matching accessories (= ​shoes, ​hat, ​bag, etc.). Sunglasses are much more than a fashion accessory. Accessories for the ​top-of-the-rangecarincludeleatherupholstery, ​electricwindows, and a ​sunroof.

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  • accessory noun (CRIMINAL)

[C] someone who ​helps another ​person to ​commit a ​crime but does not take ​part in it: an accessory tomurderaccessory after the fact specialized someone who ​helps someone after that ​person has ​committed a ​crime, for ​example by ​hiding them from the ​policeaccessory before the fact specialized someone who ​helps in the ​preparation of a ​crime
(Definition of accessory from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"accessory" in American English

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accessorynoun

 us   /ɪkˈses·ə·ri, æk-/
  • accessory noun (SOMETHING EXTRA)

[C usually pl] something ​extra that ​improves or ​completes the thing it is ​added to: We ​sellplants, ​seeds, ​fertilizer, and ​gardening accessories, such as ​tools and ​gloves.
  • accessory noun (CRIMINAL)

[C] law someone who ​helps another ​person to ​commit a ​crime but does not take ​part in it
(Definition of accessory from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"accessory" in Business English

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accessorynoun [C]

uk   us   /əkˈsesəri/ (plural accessories)
[usually plural] something ​extra that ​improves or completes the thing it is ​added to: The ​store also ​sellscomputer accessories, such as ​cables, ​batteries, and ​webcams. These accessories are ​designed to ​enhancedriver comfort. a ​range of women's fashion accessories bathroom/​home/kitchen accessories car/​cellphone accessories
LAW a ​person who helps another ​person to ​commit a ​crime but does not take ​part in it: He was ​charged as an accessory to murder.
accessory after the fact LAW someone who helps a ​person after they have ​committed a ​crime, for ​example by hiding them from the ​police
accessory before the fact LAW someone who helps in the preparation of a ​crime
(Definition of accessory from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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