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"disaster" in British English

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disasternoun [C or U]

uk   /dɪˈzɑː.stər/  us   /-ˈzæs.tɚ/
B2 (an ​event that ​results in) ​greatharm, ​damage, or ​death, or ​seriousdifficulty: An ​inquiry was ​ordered into the ​recentrail disaster (= a ​serioustrainaccident). It would be a disaster for me if I ​lost my ​job. This is one of the ​worst natural disasters ​ever to befall the ​area. Heavy and ​prolongedrain can spell disaster for many ​plants. Everything was going ​smoothly until ​suddenly disaster struck. Inviting James and Ivan to ​dinner on the same ​evening was a recipe for disaster (= ​caused a very ​difficultsituation) - they always ​argue with each other.be a disaster B2 informal to be very ​unsuccessful or ​extremelybad: The ​evening was a ​complete disaster. As an ​engineer, he was a disaster.
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(Definition of disaster from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"disaster" in American English

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disasternoun [C/U]

 us   /dɪˈzæs·tər/
an ​event causing ​greatharm, ​damage, or ​suffering: [C/U] financial disaster [U] disaster ​aid/​relief [C] Over 100 ​peopledied in the disaster. [C] The ​hurricane may be the ​costliestnatural disaster in US ​history. fig. A disaster is also a ​completefailure: [C] Our last ​dinnerparty was an ​absolute disaster.
(Definition of disaster from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"disaster" in Business English

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disasternoun [C or U]

uk   us   /dɪˈzɑːstər/
a sudden ​event that causes a lot of ​damage, such as a very ​badfire, storm, or accident: Insurance ​companies often ​chargeextra to ​coverfloods, earthquakes, or other natural disasters.
an extremely ​badsituation that can destroy a company’s ​plans, ​success, or ​ability to ​operate: mean/spell disaster for sb A ​crash in ​realestateprices would ​meanfinancial disaster for the ​housinglenders. The $7.48 ​billiontakeover quickly turned into amajor disaster.
(Definition of disaster from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “disaster”
in Korean 재난, 재앙…
in Arabic كارِثة, نَكْبة…
in Malaysian bencana…
in French désastre…
in Russian бедствие, катастрофа…
in Chinese (Traditional) 災難,大禍…
in Italian disastro…
in Turkish felaket, âfet, yıkım…
in Polish klęska, katastrofa…
in Spanish desastre…
in Vietnamese tai họa…
in Portuguese desastre…
in Thai ความหายนะ…
in German die Katastrophe…
in Catalan desastre…
in Japanese 災害, 大惨事, 大失敗…
in Chinese (Simplified) 灾难,大祸…
in Indonesian bencana…
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