casualty Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “casualty” in the English Dictionary

"casualty" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈkæʒ.ju.əl.ti/

casualty noun (INJURED)

C2 [C] a ​personinjured or ​killed in a ​seriousaccident or ​war: The ​train was ​derailed but there were no casualties, ​police said. The ​rebels sufferedheavy casualties.
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casualty noun (BADLY AFFECTED)

[C] a ​person or thing that ​suffers as a ​result of something ​elsehappening: She ​lost her ​job in 2011, a casualty of the ​recession. The first casualty of the ​reorganization will be the ​busservice, which will be ​stoppedaltogether.

casualty noun (HOSPITAL)

C2 [U] UK (US emergency room) the ​part of a ​hospital where ​people who are ​hurt in ​accidents or ​suddenlybecomeill are taken for ​urgenttreatment: She had to be ​rushed to casualty.
(Definition of casualty from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"casualty" in American English

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casualtynoun [C]

 us   /ˈkæʒ·u·əl·ti, ˈkæʒ·əl·ti/
a ​personhurt or ​killed in a ​war or other ​destructiveevent, or something ​prevented by an ​event: The ​number of casualties from Sunday's ​tsunamicontinues to ​rise. New ​teamuniforms were a casualty of the ​budgetcuts.
(Definition of casualty from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"casualty" in Business English

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casualtynoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkæʒjuəlti/ (plural casualties)
something or someone that suffers or ​fails because of an ​event: a casualty of sth Nonprofit ​groups may ​findfunding for their ​projects among the first casualties of the ​budget problem. Relationships can become a casualty of ​workplacestress.the first/latest/major casualty Smith is the latest casualty in a ​series of sackings at the ​organization.
LAW a ​person who is ​killed or ​injured in an accident, attack, etc.: cause/inflict casualties Food ​products have been ​contaminated, causing ​human casualties and considerable ​economicloss. reduce/​minimize/prevent casualties sustain/suffer casualties
INSURANCE property that is ​damaged or destroyed in an accident, or the accident that causes this: The hirer was ​liable for the ​collision, unless the casualty was proved to have been caused by the ​failure of the boat's ​owners to make it seaworthy.
(Definition of casualty from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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