Meaning of ACCIDENT in English

ACCIDENT

(~s)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.

1.

An ~ happens when a vehicle hits a person, an object, or another vehicle, causing injury or damage.

She was involved in a serious car ~ last week...

Six passengers were killed in the ~.

N-COUNT

2.

If someone has an ~, something unpleasant happens to them that was not intended, sometimes causing injury or death.

5,000 people die every year because of ~s in the home...

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

N-COUNT

3.

If something happens by ~, it happens completely by chance.

She discovered the problem by ~...

= chance

N-VAR: usu by N

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