# Definitions for **odds**ɒdz

### This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word **odds**

### Random House Webster's College Dictionary

odds^{*}ɒdz(n.)

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

The odds are that it will rain today.

this probability, expressed as a ratio:

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

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

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

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

#### Idioms for **odds**:

at odds,at variance; in disagreement:

at odds over politics.

**Category:**Idiomby all odds,in every respect; undoubtedly.

**Category:**Idiom

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#### Origin of **odds**:

1500–10

### Princeton's WordNet

odds(noun)

the likelihood of a thing occurring rather than not occurring

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

odds(noun)ɒdz

how likely sth is to happen

oddsɒdz

indicates sth is unlikely

The odds are against him staying in power.

oddsɒdz

indicates sth is likely

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

oddsɒdz

sth difficult that must be overcome

oddsɒdz

despite sth difficult

They succeeded against all the odds.

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.

oddsɒdz

disagreeing with

a politician at odds with her party

oddsɒdz

different from

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

### Wiktionary

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.

odds(Noun)

The ratio of winnings to stake in betting situations.

### Freebase

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

Written Corpus Frequency

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

Nouns Frequency

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

# Translations for **odds**

### Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

- die waarskynlikste is dat, waarskynlik salAfrikaans
- أرْجَحِيّه، إحْتِمالاتArabic
- вероятностBulgarian
- probabilidadesPortuguese (BR)
- naděje, pravděpodobnostCzech
- die ChanceGerman
- chance; sandsynlighedDanish
- πιθανότητα, ενδεχόμενοGreek
- probabilidades, posibilidadesSpanish
- väljavaatedEstonian
- احتمالFarsi
- todennäköisyysFinnish
- chancesFrench
- סִיכּויִיםHebrew
- संभाव्यता, संयोगHindi
- vjerojatnostCroatian
- valószínűség, esély, kilátásokHungarian
- kemungkinanIndonesian
- líkurIcelandic
- probabilitàItalian
- 可能性Japanese
- 가망, 확률Korean
- galimybė, šansaiLithuanian
- izredzes; iespējaLatvian
- kemungkinanMalay
- waarschijnlijkheidDutch
- sjanser, odds, sannsynlighetNorwegian
- szansePolish
- احتمالPersian
- احتمالPashto
- probabilidadesPortuguese
- şanse; probabilitateRomanian
- шансы; вероятностьRussian
- nádejSlovak
- verjetnostSlovenian
- šanseSerbian
- chanser, utsikterSwedish
- โอกาสที่จะเป็นไปได้Thai
- olasılık, ihtimalTurkish
- 機會，可能性Chinese (Trad.)
- шансиUkrainian
- امکاناتUrdu
- lợi thếVietnamese
- 机会，可能性Chinese (Simp.)

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