Definition of incident noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɪnsɪdənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪnsɪdənt//
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  1. 1  [countable] something that happens, especially something unusual or unpleasant His bad behaviour was just an isolated incident. One particular incident sticks in my mind.
  2. 2  [countable, uncountable] a serious or violent event, such as a crime, an accident or an attack There was a shooting incident near here last night. The demonstration passed off without incident.
  3. 3  [countable] a disagreement between two countries, often involving military forces a border/diplomatic incident
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin incident- ‘falling upon, happening to’, from the verb incidere, from in- ‘upon’ + cadere ‘to fall’.Extra examples After nearly falling twice, she managed to make it to the top of the cliff without further incident. An error in the translation nearly caused a diplomatic incident. An incident room was set up at a police station near the site of the crash. He came to regret the whole incident. He recalled a similar incident 14 months earlier. He was asked to leave the club following an incident at a training camp. He was asked whether he had ever experienced any incidents of discrimination. His back still hurts from an incident with a vacuum cleaner. It is feared that the attack may not have been an isolated incident. No major security incidents happened at the Olympic Games that year. Saturday’s incident illustrates the fragility of the peace in the country. She described the incident as outrageous. She received a serious jaw injury in an off-the-ball incident. She was never disciplined over the incident. Talks between the neighbouring countries were called off following a border incident. Talks were called off following a border incident. The demonstration passed without incident. The group is believed to have been responsible for several terrorist incidents. The hot-headed tennis star became involved in an incident with the umpire. The incident sparked a riot which lasted three days. The incident was extremely well handled. The patrol had covered 200 miles without incident. The pedestrian who had nearly been run over reported the incident to the police. The police said that two men had been arrested after the match in unrelated incidents. The police said that two men had been arrested in unrelated incidents. The story is based on an actual incident. They all laughed as he recounted the amusing incident. Three soldiers were wounded in the incident. a minor incident involving a bus incidents arising out of an industrial dispute scattered incidents of violence across the country some of the worst incidents of urban violence the government’s desire to play down the incident The police are setting up an incident room near the murder spot
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