Odds definition

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Odds are points giving an advantage to the weaker opponent in a contest, or the likelihood that something will happen.

An example of odds are 5 points given to the lowest ranking team in a league when they play a game with the highest ranking team.

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A certain number of points given beforehand to a weaker side in a contest to equalize the chances of all participants.
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(games) A ratio expressing the amount by which the stake of one bettor differs from that of an opposing bettor.
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An amount or degree by which one thing exceeds or falls short of another.

Won the contest by considerable odds.

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The ratio of the probability of an event's occurring to the probability of its not occurring.
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The likelihood of the occurrence of one thing rather than the occurrence of another thing, as in a contest.

The odds are that she will get the nomination on the first ballot.

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(archaic) Inequalities.
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(now rare) Difference or amount of difference.
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Difference in favor of one side over the other; advantage.
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An equalizing advantage given or received in betting, based on a given bettor's assumed chance of winning and expressed as a ratio.

A winning bettor who got odds of 3 to 1 is paid three times as much as he or she bet.

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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.

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The ratio of winnings to stake in betting situations.
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at odds
  • In disagreement; in conflict:
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by all odds
  • In every possible way; unquestionably:
    By all odds it is the best film of the year.
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at odds
  • in disagreement; quarreling
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by (all) odds
  • by far; unquestionably
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(the) odds are
  • the likelihood is
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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Origin of odds

  • Pl. of odd

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From odd (“uneven, strange")

    From Wiktionary