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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-si-duh nt]
    • /ˈæk sɪ dənt/
    • /ˈæksɪdənt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-si-duh nt]
    • /ˈæk sɪ dənt/

Definitions of accident word

  • countable noun accident An accident happens when a vehicle hits a person, an object, or another vehicle, causing injury or damage. 3
  • countable noun accident If someone has an accident, something unpleasant happens to them that was not intended, sometimes causing injury or death. 3
  • variable noun accident If something happens by accident, it happens completely by chance. 3
  • noun accident an unforeseen event or one without an apparent cause 3
  • noun accident anything that occurs unintentionally or by chance; chance; fortune 3
  • noun accident a misfortune or mishap, esp one causing injury or death 3

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Origin of accident

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin accident- (stem of accidēns happening, present participle of accidere to befall), equivalent to ac- ac- + -cid-, combining form of cad- fall + -ent- -ent

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Parts of speech for Accident


accident popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

accident usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for accident

noun accident

  • disaster — a calamitous event, especially one occurring suddenly and causing great loss of life, damage, or hardship, as a flood, airplane crash, or business failure.
  • mishap — an unfortunate accident.
  • calamity — A calamity is an event that causes a great deal of damage, destruction, or personal distress.
  • setback — Surveying. the interval by which a chain or tape exceeds the length being measured.
  • hazard — an unavoidable danger or risk, even though often foreseeable: The job was full of hazards.

Antonyms for accident

noun accident

  • good luck — good fortune
  • success — the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals.
  • boon — You can describe something as a boon when it makes life better or easier for someone.
  • intention — an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.
  • necessity — something necessary or indispensable: food, shelter, and other necessities of life.

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