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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 spilled water all over his work. She was injured in a car/road accident (= when one car hit 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)

"accident" in American English

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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 powerful committee in Congress.
accidental
adjective us   /ˌæk·səˈdent·əl/
The fire began shortly after 1:30 a.m. and appears to have been accidental.
accidentally
adverb us   /ˌæk·səˈdent·əl·i/
He accidentally left the water running and flooded a bathroom floor 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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