odds: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (odz), [key]
— n. (usually used with a pl. v.)
- the probability that something is so, will occur, or is more likely to occur than something else: The odds are that it will rain today.
- the ratio of probability that something is so, will occur, or is more likely to occur than something else.
- this ratio used as the basis of a bet; the ratio by which the bet of one party to a wager exceeds that of the other, granted by one of two betting opponents to equalize the chances favoring one of them: The odds are two-to-one that it won't rain today.
- an equalizing allowance, as that given the weaker person or team in a contest; handicap.
- an advantage or degree of superiority on the side of two contending parties; a difference favoring one of two contestants.
- an amount or degree by which one thing is better or worse than another.
- at variance; in disagreement: They were usually at odds over political issues.
- in every respect; by far; undoubtedly: She is by all odds the brightest child in the family.
- odds (Thesaurus)
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