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"accident" in British English

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accidentnoun [C]

uk   /ˈæk.sɪ.dənt/  us   /ˈæk.sə.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 ​spilledwater all over his ​work. She was ​injured in a ​car/​road accident (= when one ​carhit another).
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.

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(Definition of accident from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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accidentnoun [C]

 us   /ˈæk·sə·dənt, -ˌdent/
  • accident noun [C] (INJURY)

an ​event not ​intended by anyone but which has the ​result of ​injuring someone or ​damaging something: He was ​killed in an ​automobile accident at the ​age of 21.
  • accident noun [C] (EVENT NOT PLANNED)

something that ​happens unexpectedly and ​unintentionally: It’s no accident that (= There are ​reasons that ​explain why) she was ​chosen to be a ​member of the most ​powerfulcommittee in ​Congress.
accidental
adjective  us   /ˌæk·səˈdent·əl/
The ​firebeganshortly after 1:30 a.m. and ​appears to have been accidental.
accidentally
adverb  us   /ˌæk·səˈdent·əl·i/
He accidentally ​left the ​waterrunning and ​flooded a ​bathroomfloor in the ​hotel.
(Definition of accident from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “accident”
in Korean 사고…
in Arabic حادِث…
in Malaysian kemalangan, kebetulan…
in French accident, (par) hasard…
in Russian несчастный случай…
in Chinese (Traditional) 意外, 不測, 事故…
in Italian incidente…
in Turkish kaza…
in Polish wypadek…
in Spanish accidente, casualidad…
in Vietnamese tai nạn, sự tình cờ…
in Portuguese acidente…
in Thai อุบัติเหตุ, เหตุบังเอิญ…
in German der Unfall, der Zufall…
in Catalan accident…
in Japanese 事故…
in Chinese (Simplified) 意外, 不测, 事故…
in Indonesian kecelakaan, kebetulan…
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