fortune, destiny, fate, luck, lot, circumstances, portion(noun)
your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)
"whatever my fortune may be"; "deserved a better fate"; "has a happy lot"; "the luck of the Irish"; "a victim of circumstances"; "success that was her portion"
luck, fortune, chance, hazard(noun)
an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another
"bad luck caused his downfall"; "we ran into each other by pure chance"
an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that leads to a favorable outcome
"it was my good luck to be there"; "they say luck is a lady"; "it was as if fortune guided his hand"
Something that happens to someone by chance, a chance occurrence.
A superstitious feeling that brings fortune or success.
To succeed by chance
His plan lucked out.
To rely on luck.
No plan. We're just to going to have to luck through.
To carry out relying on luck.
Our plan is to luck it through.
Origin: From luk, lukke, related to luk, gelok, geluk, luk, Glück, lykke, lycka, lukka.
that which happens to a person; an event, good or ill, affecting one's interests or happiness, and which is deemed casual; a course or series of such events regarded as occurring by chance; chance; hap; fate; fortune; often, one's habitual or characteristic fortune; as, good, bad, ill, or hard luck. Luck is often used for good luck; as, luck is better than skill
Origin: [Akin to D. luk, geluk, G. glck, Icel. lukka, Sw. lycka, Dan. lykke, and perh. to G. locken to entice. Cf. 3d Gleck.]
Luck or chance is an event which occurs beyond one's control, without regard to one's will, intention, or desired result. There are at least two senses people usually mean when they use the term, the prescriptive sense and the descriptive sense. In the prescriptive sense, luck is a supernatural and deterministic concept that there are forces which prescribe that certain events occur very much the way laws of physics will prescribe that certain events occur. It is the prescriptive sense that people mean when they say they "do not believe in luck". In the descriptive sense, luck is a word people give after the occurrence of events which they find to be fortuitous or unfortuitous, and maybe improbable. Cultural views of luck vary from perceiving luck as a matter of random chance to attributing to such explanations of faith or superstition. For example, the Romans believed in the embodiment of luck as the goddess Fortuna, while the philosopher Daniel Dennett believes that "luck is mere luck" rather than a property of a person or thing. Carl Jung viewed luck as synchronicity, which he described as "a meaningful coincidence". Lucky symbols are popular worldwide and take many forms.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
luk, n. fortune, good or bad: chance: lot: good fortune.—adv. Luck′ily.—n. Luck′iness.—adj. Luck′less, without good luck: unhappy.—adv. Luck′lessly.—ns. Luck′lessness; Luck′-penn′y, a trifle returned for luck by a seller to a buyer: a coin carried for luck.—adj. Luck′y, having good luck: auspicious.—n. Luck′y-bag, a receptacle for lost property on board a man-of-war.—Be down on one's luck, to be unfortunate. [From a Low Ger. root, seen in Dut. luk; cf. Ger. glück, prosperity.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'luck' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3248
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'luck' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2259
Rank popularity for the word 'luck' in Nouns Frequency: #1338
The numerical value of luck in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of luck in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
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- sortCatalan, Valencian
- adur, zoriBasque
- säkä, tuuri, munkki, onniFinnish
- bol, chance, cul, veineFrench
- gelok, lokWestern Frisian
- מזל, גדHebrew
- lukka, heppniIcelandic
- fortuna, sorteItalian
- 運勢, 運Japanese
- șansă, soartă, norocRomanian
- удача, везение, счастьеRussian
- sreća, срећаSerbo-Croatian
- lycka, turSwedish
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