US: /ˈæksədənt/
UK: /ˈæksɪdənt/

English Vietnamese dictionary

accident /'æksidənt/
  • danh từ
    • sự rủi ro, tai nạn, tai biến
      • without accident: an toàn không xảy ra tai nạn
      • to meet with an accident: gặp rủi ro; gặp tai nạn, gặp tai biến
    • sự tình cờ, sự ngẫu nhiên
      • by accident: tình cờ, ngẫu nhiên
    • cái phụ, cái không chủ yếu
    • sự gồ ghề, sự khấp khểnh
    • (âm nhạc) dấu thăng giáng bất thường

Advanced English dictionary

+ noun
1 [C] an unpleasant event, especially in a vehicle, that happens unexpectedly and causes injury or damage: a car / road / traffic accident + He was killed in an accident. + One in seven accidents is caused by sleepy drivers. + The accident happened at 3 p.m. + to have an accident + a serious / minor accident + a fatal accident (= in which sb is killed) + accidents in the home + a climbing / riding accident + (BrE) the hospital accident and emergency department + Take out accident insurance before you go on your trip. + I didn't mean to break it-it was an accident.
2 [C, U] something that happens unexpectedly and is not planned in advance: Their early arrival was just an accident. + It is no accident that men fill most of the top jobs in nursing. + an accident of birth / fate / history (= describing facts and events that are due to chance or circumstances)
Idioms: accidents will happen people say accidents will happen to tell sb who has had an accident, for example breaking sth, that it does not matter and they should not worry
by accident in a way that is not planned or organized: We met by accident at the airport. + Helen got into acting purely by accident.
more at CHAPTER, WAIT v.

Thesaurus dictionary

1 mishap, misfortune, mischance, misadventure, blunder, mistake; casualty, disaster, catastrophe, calamity:
A high percentage of the road accidents were caused by drunken drivers.
2 chance, fortune, luck, fortuity, fluke; serendipity:
I came across the gold ring by accident, when cleaning out a disused cupboard.
3 non-essential, accessory or accessary, extra, addition:
Melancholy is an almost inseparable accident of old age.

Collocation dictionary

1 unexpected event that causes damage/injury


dreadful, horrific, major, nasty, serious, terrible, tragic, unfortunate | fatal
a fatal road accident
| minor, slight | freak
Their boat sank in a freak accident.
| near
(= that nearly happens, but does not)
| hit-and-run | aircraft, canoeing, car, climbing, flying, industrial, motor, nuclear, road, traffic, etc.


be involved in, have, meet with
She met with an accident while on holiday in Spain.
| cause | prevent | survive


happen, occur, take place


prevention | rates, statistics


in an/the ~


an accident involving
He was badly hurt in an accident involving two cars and a lorry.
| the scene of the accident
The ambulance took only six minutes to reach the scene of the accident.

2 sth not planned in advance


pure, sheer
By pure accident he had come across the very man who could solve the mystery.


by ~
We met by accident at the airport.


be no accident that …
It is no accident that men fill most of the top jobs.
| by accident or design
It happened, whether by accident or design, that Steve and I were the last two people to leave.

Concise English dictionary

+a mishap; especially one causing injury or death
+anything that happens by chance without an apparent cause