Meaning of “casualty” in the English Dictionary

"casualty" in British English

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casualtynoun

uk /ˈkæʒ.ju.əl.ti/ us /ˈkæʒ.ju.əl.ti/

casualty noun (INJURED)

C2 [ C ] a person injured or killed in a serious accident or war:

The train was derailed but there were no casualties, police said.
The rebels suffered heavy casualties.

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  • The number of casualties in both wars was appallingly high.
  • Hospitals are on standby ready to deal with casualties being flown in from the crash site.
  • They were warned to expect a heavy air attack and therefore many casualties.
  • George was a casualty in that nasty motorway pile-up last year.
  • So far, only one casualty has been rescued from the scene of the explosion.

(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 person hurt or killed in a war or other destructive event, or something prevented by an event:

The number of casualties from Sunday's tsunami continues to rise.
New team uniforms were a casualty of the budget cuts.

(Definition of “casualty” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"casualty" in Business English

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casualtynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkæʒjuəlti/ us plural casualties

something or someone that suffers or fails because of an event:

a casualty of sth Nonprofit groups may find funding for their projects among the first casualties of the budget problem.
Relationships can become a casualty of workplace stress.
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 economic loss.
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)