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

Hope this Friday the 13th brings you good luck (or at least a cheap tattoo). Oona Goodin-smith, Philly.com, "Families of Cosmo DiNardo murder victims speak out, Pa. to pay $2M to fight teacher shortage | Morning Newsletter," 13 July 2018 With any luck, the people up high are feeling it, too, frustrated or thwarted in their aggression. Claire Comstock-gay, The Cut, "How Much Will Mars Retrograde Ruin My Life?," 26 June 2018 Bipartisanship would be a clean DREAM Act, but no such luck. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "No, Sarah Huckabee Sanders Shouldn't Be Able to Eat Dinner in Public: Opinion," 26 June 2018 There is undeniable luck and privilege in being able to shape one's own story as a single woman, as MacNicol is careful to acknowledge. Joanna Scutts, chicagotribune.com, "Childless, single, 40: Why is it a problem?," 12 July 2018 The rocket exhaust is a dramatic display and a darker exposure helps capture more details in the flame. Photographing a rocket launch is a fun challenge with a surprising amount of luck involved. Michael Stillwell, Popular Mechanics, "How To Photograph a Rocket Launch," 6 July 2018 Anything that repeats itself that many times isn’t so much luck at that point. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Baseball’s Luckiest Team Doesn’t Think It’s Luck," 3 July 2018 But there was no way to know whether this was luck, biased impressions, or actual benefits of mifepristone. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Can the abortion pill treat advanced lung cancer? This infertility expert wants to find out," 3 July 2018 There was self-inflicted trouble with a sprinkling of bad luck. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Wilson Ramos, Rays sting Justin Verlander in Astros' loss," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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 Jaguar owners who've lucked into today's surprise will appreciate another tweak baked into this version: support for Amiga and Atari ST mice. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "An actual gaming Easter egg was unlocked on an Atari Jaguar cartridge today," 1 Apr. 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

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

Verb

see luck entry 1

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The first known use of luck was in the 15th century

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More Definitions for luck

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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