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Definition of odds 

1a archaic : inequalities

b obsolete : degree of unlikeness

2a : an amount by which one thing exceeds or falls short of another won the election by considerable odds

b(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 Thompson

c(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 : disagreement, variance usually used with at faculty and administration often are at odds on everything— W. E. Brock born 1930

4a : special favor : partiality

b : an allowance granted by one making a bet to one accepting the bet and designed to equalize the chances favoring one of the bettors

c : the ratio between the amount to be paid off for a winning bet and the amount of the bet

by all odds

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

First Known Use of odds

circa 1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of odds was circa 1525

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odds

noun

English Language Learners Definition of odds

: 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

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Kids Definition of odds

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

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

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

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