Accident - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈæksɪdənt|  American pronunciation of the word accident
Brit.  |ˈaksɪd(ə)nt|  British pronunciation of the word accident


- an unfortunate mishap; especially one causing damage or injury
- anything that happens suddenly or by chance without an apparent cause(syn: fortuity, stroke)

winning the lottery was a happy accident
it was due to an accident or fortuity


He was injured in an accident at work.

The accident happened when her car slid on a patch of ice.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the accident.

Their meeting was an accident.

It is just an accident that they arrived when they did.

She says that her pregnancy was an accident.

We discovered it by accident.

It was by pure accident that we found the money.

It was pure accident that we met.

The police say the killing of the young man was an accident.

Over 70,000 people are killed or seriously injured every year in road accidents.

The accident happened at the junction of Forest Road and Pine Walk.

Ken had an accident at work and had to go to hospital.

I'm sorry about breaking the vase - it was an accident (=I did not intend to do it).

My third baby was an accident.

Word forms

singular: accident
plural: accidents
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