luck

noun
\ ˈlək How to pronounce luck (audio) \

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 How to pronounce luckless (audio) \ 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

In 2012, the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese Zodiac—an auspicious calendar event associated with luck, strength, and intelligence—the company saw a marked increase in interest from the country. Jancee Dunn, Vogue, "How California Became the World’s Fertility Treatment Destination," 13 Mar. 2019 Here's to wishing Jessica the best of luck, a sturdy new toilet seat, and a good night's rest! Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "A Very Pregnant Jessica Simpson Shares a PSA to Moms After Breaking Her Toilet Seat," 14 Feb. 2019 Rescuers had looked for the teen for more than a day with no luck. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "This Abandoned Shelter Dog Rescued the Missing Son of Her Former Trainer," 20 Nov. 2018 And to the racers: Have fun, good luck, and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Holly Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s gonna be a hot Mount Marathon, so racers be warned and spectators stand by — preferably with ice," 3 July 2018 Indeed, by a stroke of luck, Hunts Point Market avoided serious damage during Sandy. Sean Patrick Cooper, The New Republic, "Is America Ready for the Next Superstorm?," 4 June 2018 So yeah, good luck, Bill, revising history to make yourself out to be the victim. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Bill Clinton Doesn’t Believe He Owes Monica Lewinsky an Apology, and Implies That He’s the Real Victim," 4 June 2018 Process servers for Iceman Softworks and Move Logistics tried to serve their lawsuits on Cocchia at that address, too, but had no luck, court documents indicate. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Troubled tech startup Vysk seems to have gone stealth," 23 June 2018 The magic sprays are sold in the United States, so weekend warriors are in luck. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Just what is in that ‘magic spray’ trainers use at the World Cup?," 13 July 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 How to pronounce luck (audio) \

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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