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randomadjective

 us   /ˈræn·dəm/
happening, done, or ​chosen by ​chancerather than ​according to a ​plan or ​pattern: a random ​sample He was ​stopped at the ​border in a random ​check.at random At random ​means by ​chance, or without any ​organization or ​plan: Dylan ​picked several ​books at random.
randomly
adverb  us   /ˈræn·dəm·li/
The ​people I interviewed were ​chosen randomly.
randomness
noun [U]  us   /ˈræn·dəm·nəs/
(Definition of random from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"random" in British English

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randomadjective

uk   us   /ˈræn.dəm/
C1 happening, done, or ​chosen by ​chancerather than ​according to a ​plan: random checks/​tests/​attacks We ​asked a random sample/​selection of ​people what they ​thought. informal strange or ​unusual: I just ​saw Billy ​wearing a ​tophat - he's so random!at random C1 by ​chance, or without being ​chosenintentionally: The ​winningentry will be the first ​correctanswerdrawn at random.

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randomly
adverb uk   us   /-li/
C1 The ​books were randomly ​arranged on the ​shelves.
(Definition of random from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"random" in Business English

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randomadjective

uk   us   /ˈrændəm/
happening, done, or chosen by chance rather than ​following a ​system, ​plan, or ​rule: random audits/checks/tests They discussed the ​idea of ​carrying out random forensic ​audits on ​listedcompanies as a deterrent to ​fraud. The ​questionnaires are ​assigned on a random ​basis.
at random without involving any ​system or decision: chosen/drawn/selected at random The ​winner will be the first complete ​entrydrawn at random after the ​closingdate.
(Definition of random from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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