luck

noun
\ ˈlək \

Definition of luck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a force that brings good fortune or adversity Luck was a big factor in the outcome.
b : the events or circumstances that operate for or against an individual The loser muttered something about bad luck.
2 : favoring chance also : success had great luck growing orchids

luck

verb
lucked; lucking; lucks

Definition of luck (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to prosper or succeed especially through chance or good fortune usually used with out the hero lucks out and is able to escape
2 : to come upon something desirable by chance usually used with out, on, onto, or into lucked into a wonderful opportunity

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Other Words from luck

Noun

luckless \ ˈlək-​ləs \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for luck

Synonyms: Noun

fortunateness, fortune, luckiness

Antonyms: Noun

mischance, misfortune, unluckiness

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Examples of luck in a Sentence

Noun

We had good luck fishing. He's been having nothing but bad luck. He succeeded through hard work and a little luck. We need a bit of luck. By a stroke of luck, there were still a few tickets left when we arrived. “I've been looking for a new apartment.” “Any luck?” “No, not yet.” I've had no luck in finding a new apartment. He had no better luck than I did.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sagittarius Lady luck is with you as Jupiter spends a full year in Sagittarius. Rebecca Gordon, Harper's BAZAAR, "Find Out What 2019 Has In Store For Your Zodiac Sign," 27 Dec. 2018 Further Reading Risky Thailand cave rescue relied on talent, luck—and on sticking to the rules But several days later, a team of experienced divers and cave explorers were able to rescue all of the children without Musk's help. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Musk lawyers move to dismiss cave explorer lawsuit over “pedo guy” tweets," 27 Dec. 2018 When you get married on July 7th, you're set for double the luck. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "The Best and Worst Wedding Dates for 2019," 29 Nov. 2018 Dundee is a hard-luck town—an industrial neighbor to historic Edinburgh and gritty-cool Glasgow that's been long overshadowed, despite being the fourth-largest city in Scotland. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "How the New V&A Museum Is Changing an Entire Scottish City," 14 Sep. 2018 But the company had no luck with the wider market, and only one Pregnant Guppy and five Super Guppies were ever built. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Super Guppy Is Such a Badass Plane," 17 Dec. 2018 There are two options every time a player draws a new card: Either luck will be on their side, or they'll be met with a stream of cards to add to their hand. Stacia Affelt, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Holiday Gifts for Whatever Your Child Is Currently Obsessing Over," 16 Nov. 2018 Roche had the luck to not only ace the interview, but become a designer, architect, and eventually key associate at one of the more exciting architecture offices of the 20th century. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why Eero Saarinen’s ‘50s office was a breeding ground for modernist design," 8 Nov. 2018 That means that luck will always be a factor in determining who wins a match, and multiple matches typically need to be played to prove a player’s overall performance and consistency. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Epic’s Summer Skirmish series was a beta for the future of competitive Fortnite," 6 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Still, Russian President Vladimir Putin has lucked out. John Leicester, chicagotribune.com, "Is this the best-ever World Cup?," 29 June 2018 Photo: Seth Wenig/Associated Press Uber lucked out with a conservative three-judge panel because the liberal Ninth Circuit frequently flouts Supreme Court precedent and attempts to rewrite law. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Silicon Valley’s Supreme Salvation," 26 Sep. 2018 The Fed created an easy-money environment and lucked out because prices didn’t rise rapidly. WSJ, "The Phillips Curve Isn’t a Good Monetary Tool," 31 May 2018 Willa Drake lucked out with her dad, Melvin, a gentle high school teacher. Laura Collins-hughes, BostonGlobe.com, "Waking up is hard to do," 13 July 2018 The red team lucked out, though, because the blue team completely fell apart. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, "South Loop contestant vows to win 'MasterChef' wedding challenge as team captain," 11 July 2018 The Scullys lucked out this year with leftovers from a graduation party the day before. Henry J. Morgan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "YMCA at Pabst Farms' fishing night offers people with disabilities a fun night on Okauchee Lake," 26 June 2018 Chicago Bulls, Trae Young, PG, Oklahoma, 6-2, 180 The Bulls luck out here. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "NBA Mock Draft 5.0: Mavs get two picks in the top 5? Let us explain," 20 June 2018 Soldado bludgeons its way into touchy border politics, and maybe lucks its way into a story focused on the moral imperative of protecting a single child. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Sicario: Day of the Soldado': On the border between action and exploitation," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of luck

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for luck

Noun and Verb

Middle English lucke, from Middle Dutch luc; akin to Middle High German gelücke luck

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luck

noun

English Language Learners Definition of luck

: the things that happen to a person because of chance : the accidental way things happen without being planned

: good fortune : good luck

: success in doing or getting something

luck

noun
\ ˈlək \

Kids Definition of luck

1 : something that happens to a person by or as if by chance He cursed his luck.
2 : the accidental way things happen Our meeting happened by pure luck.
3 : good fortune We had luck fishing.

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