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

The Loons improved to 7-1-2 when scoring first this season, but luck wasn’t on their side as San Jose got a fortunate equalizer in first-half stoppage time. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "In ‘biggest game’ yet, Minnesota United beats San Jose 3-1," 3 July 2019 In Tokyo, the U.S. embassy was flooded with paper cranes, a symbol of good luck for the three Americans about to hitch a ride to the moon. Chabeli Herrera, orlandosentinel.com, "Moon maps in the Netherlands and American flags in Japan? How Apollo 11 dazzled the world," 23 June 2019 An impossible string of bad luck descended upon the franchise in the these Finals, and the undermanned team was still just one shot away from forcing a game seven. Sean Gregory/oakland, Time, "The Golden State Warriors Revolutionized the NBA. Now They Plan to Keep the Dynasty Dream Alive," 20 June 2019 If luck is on your side, riders may catch a glimpse of deer or elk since Evergreen Mountain is a popular spot for wildlife. Heather Balogh Rochfort, The Know, "Mountain biking trails that’ll get you home in time for dinner," 13 June 2019 And currently, exactly 20 of them appear to have qualified under the DNC’s rules, meaning four are out of luck. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The first Democratic debate qualification rules — and controversies — explained," 12 June 2019 The run of bad luck continued in the sixth inning when second baseman Hanser Alberto and right fielder DJ Stewart came together in pursuit of a fly ball in foul territory. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles lose three to injury Wednesday as DJ Stewart, Pedro Severino, Jonathan Villar leave game," 6 June 2019 With a bit of luck, the dry season held out for five days as meteorite collectors were able to retrieve the rock. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Super Rare Mud Meteorite Crashed into a Costa Rican House," 22 May 2019 Busch admits that luck has been on his side at times this season, as well as momentum. Hank Kurz Jr, The Seattle Times, "Hamlin hoping for some hometown advantage," 12 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Woods lucked into the final group, a tactical advantage. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Inside the Cultish Dreamworld of Augusta National," 14 June 2019 The first factor is obvious: The Lakers lucked into the No. Kyle Goon, Orange County Register, "Purple & Bold: Anthony Davis rumors are circling again. Here’s what’s changed.," 6 June 2019 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

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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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