odds

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noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction \ˈädz\

Definition of odds

  1. 1a archaic :  inequalitiesb obsolete :  degree of unlikeness

  2. 2a :  an amount by which one thing exceeds or falls short of another won the election by considerable oddsb (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 Thompsonc (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. 3 :  disagreement, variance —usually used with at faculty and administration often are at odds on everything — W. E. Brock born 1930

  4. 4a :  special favor :  partialityb :  an allowance granted by one making a bet to one accepting the bet and designed to equalize the chances favoring one of the bettorsc :  the ratio between the amount to be paid off for a winning bet and the amount of the bet

by all odds

  1. :  in every way :  without question by all odds the best book of the year

First Known Use of odds

circa 1525


ODDS Defined for English Language Learners

odds

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Definition of odds for English Language Learners

  • : 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


ODDS Defined for Kids

odds

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noun plural \ˈädz\

Definition of odds for Students

  1. 1 :  a difference in favor of one thing over another She wanted to improve her odds of winning.

  2. 2 :  conditions that make something difficult He overcame great odds and succeeded.

  3. 3 :  disagreement 1 Those two are always at odds with one another.



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