Definitions for oddsɒdz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

odds*ɒdz(n.)

  1. the probability that something is so or is more likely to occur than something else:

    The odds are that it will rain today.

  2. this probability, expressed as a ratio:

    The odds are two-to-one that it will rain today.

  3. an equalizing allowance, as that given the weaker player in a contest; handicap.

  4. an advantage or degree of superiority favoring one of two contestants.

  5. an amount or degree by which one thing is better or worse than another.

Idioms for odds:

  1. at odds,at variance; in disagreement:

    at odds over politics.

    Category: Idiom

  2. by all odds,in every respect; undoubtedly.

    Category: Idiom

* (usu. with a pl. v.).

Origin of odds:

1500–10

Princeton's WordNet

  1. odds(noun)

    the likelihood of a thing occurring rather than not occurring

  2. odds, betting odds(noun)

    the ratio by which one better's wager is greater than that of another

    "he offered odds of two to one"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. odds(noun)ɒdz

    how likely sth is to happen

  2. oddsɒdz

    indicates sth is unlikely

    The odds are against him staying in power.

  3. oddsɒdz

    indicates sth is likely

    The odds are in favor of intelligent life existing in the universe.

  4. oddsɒdz

    sth difficult that must be overcome

  5. oddsɒdz

    despite sth difficult

    They succeeded against all the odds.

  6. oddsɒdz

    the relationship between two numbers that shows sb's chances of winning or losing a bet

    The odds on the horse are 4 to 1.

  7. oddsɒdz

    disagreeing with

    a politician at odds with her party

  8. oddsɒdz

    different from

    The statement is at odds with the statement he made last week.

Wiktionary

  1. odds(Noun)

    The ratio of the probabilities of an event happening to that of it not happening.

    I'd say the odds are strongly in favor of the sun rising tomorrow morning.

  2. odds(Noun)

    The ratio of winnings to stake in betting situations.

Freebase

  1. Odds

    The odds in favor of an event or a proposition is defined by the ratio of the probability that the event will happen to the probability that it will not happen. For example, the odds that a randomly chosen day of the week is a Sunday are one to six, which is sometimes written 1 : 6.; see section 1.5 of Gelman et al.. 'Odds' are an expression of relative probabilities. Often 'odds' are quoted as odds against, rather than as odds in favor. For example, the probability that a random day is a Sunday is one-seventh, hence the odds that a random day is a Sunday are 1 : 6. The odds against a random day being a Sunday are 6 : 1. The first figure represents the number of ways of failing to achieve the outcome and the second figure is the number of ways of achieving a favorable outcome. In probability theory and Bayesian statistics, odds may sometimes be more natural or more convenient than probabilities. This is often the case in problems of sequential decision making as for instance in problems of how to stop on a last specific event which is solved by the odds algorithm. Stating "odds against" is a convenient way to propose a bet. When a bookmaker offers betting odds of 6 : 1 against some event occurring, it means that he is prepared to pay out a prize of six times the stake, and return the stake as well, to anyone who places a bet, by making the stake, that the event will occur. If the event does not occur, then the bookmaker keeps the stake. For example, a winning bet of 10 at 6 : 1 against will win '6 × 10 = 60' with the original 10 stake also being returned. Betting odds are skewed to ensure that the bookmaker makes a profit — if true odds were offered the bookmaker would break even in the long run — so the numbers do not represent the bookmaker's true odds.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'odds' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4334

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'odds' in Nouns Frequency: #2275


Translations for odds

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

odds(noun plural)

chances; probability

The odds are that he will win.

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