odds
playSimple Definition of odds

: the possibility that something will happen : the chance that one thing will happen instead of a different thing

: conditions that make it difficult for something to happen

: two numbers that show how much a person can win by betting a certain amount of money
Full Definition of odds
1 a archaic : inequalities b obsolete : degree of unlikeness
2 a : an amount by which one thing exceeds or falls short of another <won the election by considerable odds> b (1) : a difference favoring one of two opposed things <overwhelming odds> (2) : a difference in terms of advantage or disadvantage <what's the odds, if thinking so makes them happy — Flora Thompson> c (1) : the probability that one thing is so or will happen rather than another : chances <the odds are against it> (2) : the ratio of the probability of one event to that of an alternative event
3 : disagreement, variance —usually used with at <faculty and administration often are at odds on everything — W. E. Brock b1930>
4 a : special favor : partiality b : an allowance granted by one making a bet to one accepting the bet and designed to equalize the chances favoring one of the bettors c : the ratio between the amount to be paid off for a winning bet and the amount of the bet
by all odds
: in every way : without question <by all odds the best book of the year>
Circa 1520
First Known Use of odds
circa 1520
ODDS Defined for Kids
odds
playDefinition of odds for Students
1 : a difference in favor of one thing over another <She wanted to improve her odds of winning.>
2 : conditions that make something difficult <He overcame great odds and succeeded.>
3 : disagreement 1 <Those two are always at odds with one another.>
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