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"accessory" in British English

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accessorynoun

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

C1 [C usually plural] something added to a machine or to clothing that has a useful or decorative purpose: She wore a green wool suit with matching accessories (= shoes, hat, bag, etc.). Sunglasses are much more than a fashion accessory. Accessories for the top-of-the-range car include leather upholstery, electric windows, 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 to murder
accessory after the fact specialized
someone who helps someone after that person has committed a crime, for example by hiding them from the police
accessory 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 sell plants, 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   /əkˈsesəri/ us   plural accessories
[usually plural] something extra that improves or completes the thing it is added to: The store also sells computer accessories, such as cables, batteries, and webcams. These accessories are designed to enhance driver comfort. a range of women's fashion accessories bathroom/home/kitchen accessories car/cell phone 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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“accessory” in British English

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