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noun accident pronunciation in British English /ˈæksɪd(ə)nt/ 
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singularaccident
pluralaccidents

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  1. 1
    [countable] a crash involving a car, train, plane, or other vehicle

    a fatal accident on the motorway between Paris and Lyons

    He was killed in a car accident.

    The accident was caused by ice on the road.

    1. a.
      a sudden event that results in damage, injury, or death

      Seven men were killed in a serious mining accident yesterday.

      a riding/climbing/hunting accident

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    2. b.
      a mistake that causes minor damage or harm

      Don't make such a fuss – it was an accident.

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  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] something that happens unexpectedly, without being planned

    To be honest, my second pregnancy was an accident.

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