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"incidentally" in British English

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incidentallyadverb

uk   /ˌɪn.sɪˈden.təl.i/  us   /ˌɪn.sɪˈden.t̬əl.i/
C1 used before saying something that is not as ​important as the ​mainsubject of ​conversation, but is ​connected to it in some way: We had a ​marvellousmeal at that ​restaurant you ​recommended - incidentally, I must give you the ​number of a ​similar one I ​know.
used when ​mentioning a ​subject that has not been ​discussed before, often making it ​seem less ​important than it really is: Incidentally, I ​wanted to have a word with you about ​yourtravelexpenses.
(Definition of incidentally from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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incidentallyadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˌɪn·səˈden·təl·i, -ˈdent·li/
used about something that is ​connected to the ​mainsubject but is not as ​important: “Ain’t” was ​mentioned only incidentally in an ​article about nonstandard words.
Incidentally is also used to ​introduce something ​additional that is not as ​important: Incidentally, she was a very ​popularmayor.
(Definition of incidentally from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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