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noun casualty pronunciation in British English /ˈkæʒuəlti/
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  1. 1
    [countable] [usually plural] someone who is injured or killed in an accident or military action

    There were no reports of casualties from the attack.

    heavy casualties:

    A small group of rebels inflicted heavy casualties (=many people injured or killed) on the government forces.

  2. 2
    [countable] someone or something that is damaged or suffers as a result of something else
    casualty of:

    Education has again been a casualty of government spending cuts.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] British the part of a hospital where people go when they are injured or suddenly become ill. The official name for this is Accident and Emergency. The American word is emergency room

    I hear that they’ve taken him to casualty.


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