accident - definition and synonyms


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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.

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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.

  3.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    have an accident if someone, especially a child, has an accident, they urinate or excrete without intending to do it

    Children can have an accident at night sometimes.

    Submitted by Caleb Judy from United States on 29/06/2015