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1       adj   A random sample or method is one in which all the people or things involved have an equal chance of being chosen.  
usu ADJ n  
The survey used a random sample of two thousand people across England and Wales..., The competitors will be subject to random drug testing.     
   randomly             adv   ADV with v  
...interviews with a randomly selected sample of thirty girls aged between 13 and 18.     
2       adj   If you describe events as random, you mean that they do not seem to follow a definite plan or pattern.  
usu ADJ n  
...random violence against innocent victims...     
   randomly             adv   ADV with v  
...drinks and magazines left scattered randomly around.     
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.  
at random             phrase   PHR after v  
We received several answers, and we picked one at random.     
4    If something happens at random, it happens without a definite plan or pattern.  
at random      phrase   PHR after v  
Three black people were killed by shots fired at random from a minibus.     
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random, rand, randomize, ransom

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