Meaning of “vicarious” in the English Dictionary

"vicarious" in British English

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vicariousadjective [ before noun ]

uk /vɪˈkeə.ri.əs/ us /vɪˈker.i.əs/
vicariously
adverb uk /vɪˈkeə.ri.əs.li/ us /vɪˈker.i.əs.li/

Some parents seem to live vicariously through their children.
vicariousness
noun [ U ] uk /vɪˈkeə.ri.əs.nəs/ us /vɪˈker.i.əs.nəs/

(Definition of “vicarious” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"vicarious" in American English

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vicariousadjective

us /vɑɪˈkeər·i·əs/

experienced by reading or watching someone else do something:

This disaster movie will provide you with plenty of vicarious thrills.

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