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English definition of “odds”

odds

noun [plural]     /ɒdz/ US  /ɑːdz/
C1 the probability (= how likely it is) that a particular thing will or will not happen : If you drive a car all your life , the odds are that you'll have an accident at some point . There are heavy odds against people succeeding in such a bad economic climate . What are the odds on him being (= do you think he will be) re-elected ? The odds are stacked against a woman succeeding (= it is not likely that a woman will succeed ) in the business .StatisticsPossible and probable in gambling (= the activity of risking money guessing the result of something), a probability expressed as a number : The odds against my horse winning (= that it will not win )/on my horse winning (= that it will win ) are a hundred to one. The odds that the US entrant will win the race are ten to one.Gambling and bookmakingTaking risks
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