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random

Line breaks: ran¦dom
Pronunciation: /ˈrandəm
 
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Definition of random in English:

adjective

1Made, done, or happening without method or conscious decision: apparently random violence
More example sentences
  • What is now required is to go beyond looking at what happened as a random event.
  • We don't want a list of random facts that just happen to be true of all the languages that are spoken now.
  • He becomes the victim of random violence, and is beaten to death by street thugs.
1.1 Statistics Governed by or involving equal chances for each item: a random sample of 100 households
More example sentences
  • The four conditions occurred in a random order and with equal probability within each block of trials.
  • Results are based on statistically valid random samples of members and are rigorously audited.
  • This has made the whole process of ensuring a random sample more difficult.
Synonyms
1.2(Of masonry) with stones of irregular size and shape.
Example sentences
  • York stone flags, laid in random sizes, were chosen for the paving to give a sense of quality and scale.
2 informal Odd, unusual, or unexpected: the class was hard but he was so random that it was always fun
More example sentences
  • We could even have done with a little background music to fill a silence only broken by the random squawk of a passing gull.
  • I spent a lot of my time in the boat dodging the sail, which swung at my head every time a random gust arrived.
  • Basically I got a random phone call from him.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'impetuous headlong rush'): from Old French randon 'great speed', from randir 'gallop', from a Germanic root shared by rand2.

More
  • In early use random referred to an ‘impetuous headlong rush’. It comes from Old French randon ‘great speed’, from a Germanic root.

Phrases

at random

1
Without method or conscious decision: he opened the book at random
More example sentences
  • Chrissy picked the blue map book up from the floor by her feet and opened it at random.
  • The attack was unprovoked and it seems he was selected at random for assassination.
  • Manu and Nadine meet up, and go on a road trip, picking up men, and killing at random.
Synonyms
unsystematically, arbitrarily, randomly, without prearrangement, without method, unmethodically, haphazardly, without conscious choice, leaving things to chance;
out of a hat, by lot

Derivatives

randomly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • The bands picked names randomly from a hat to decide the order they would play in.
  • If their wins and losses are distributed randomly they will win and lose in clusters.
  • The odd part about this man is that he has a habit of randomly switching tables all over the food court.

randomness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • At some point we need to talk about the role of randomness in investment success.
  • Read this work diary and you'll probably understand the randomness and excitement of it all.
  • Are there situations when embracing randomness is wrong, or when it should be questioned?

Words that rhyme with random

avizandum, fandom, memorandum, nil desperandum, tandem

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