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noun accident pronunciation in American English /ˈæksɪdənt/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a crash involving a car, train, airplane, or other vehicle
    a fatal accident on the expressway between Plainview and Westbury
    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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    [countable/uncountable] something that happens unexpectedly, without being planned
    To be honest, my second pregnancy was an accident.



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