Meaning of RANDOM in English

RANDOM

transcription, транскрипция: [ rændəm ]

1.

A random sample or method is one in which all the people or things involved have an equal chance of being chosen.

The survey used a random sample of two thousand people across England and Wales...

The competitors will be subject to random drug testing.

ADJ : usu ADJ n

• ran‧dom‧ly

...interviews with a randomly selected sample of thirty girls aged between 13 and 18.

ADV : ADV with v

2.

If you describe events as random , you mean that they do not seem to follow a definite plan or pattern.

...random violence against innocent victims...

ADJ : usu ADJ n

• ran‧dom‧ly

...drinks and magazines left scattered randomly around.

ADV : ADV with v

3.

If you choose people or things at random , you do not use any particular method, so they all have an equal chance of being chosen.

We received several answers, and we picked one at random.

PHRASE : PHR after v

4.

If something happens at random , it happens without a definite plan or pattern.

Three black people were killed by shots fired at random from a minibus.

PHRASE : PHR after v

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