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Unit 12 - Chance


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approximate
1. (v) to calculate something in a way that is not exact 2. (adj) not exact, but close to an exact amount, number, time, etc
ascribe
(v) to believe something is the cause of something else
assign
(v) to send someone to a particular place, especially in order for them to work there
attribute
(v) to believe that something is the result of a particular situation, event or person's actions
blow
(n) an event that causes you to feel very sad, desappointed or shocked
cause
1. (v) to make something happen, usually something bad 2. (n) an event, thing or person that makes something happen
coincidence
(n) a situation in which separate things happen by chance at the same time or in the same way
curse
1. (v) to use magic powers to make bad things happen to someone 2. (n) a bad situation or event caused by someone's deliberate use of their magic powers
deliberate
(adj) intended, not done by chance or by accident
determine
(v) to calculate something or discover it by examining evidence
fate
(n) a power that some people believe controls everything that happens in their lives
fluctuate
(v) to change frequently
foresee
(v) to see or know something that will happen in the future
freak
1. (n) something with very unusual features that make it very different from other things of its type 2. (adj) extremely unusual and unexpected
gamble
(v) to risk money or something baluable in the hope of winning more if you are lucky or if you guess something correctly
haphazard
(adj) done in a way that does not seem to be carefully planned or organised
hazard
(n) something that could be dangerous or cause damage or accidents
inadvertent
(adj) not deliberate
instrumental
(adj) involved in an important way in making something happen
jinxed
(adj) someone or something that is jinxed has a lot of bad luck
likelihood
(n) how certain it is that something will happen
lucky charm
(n phr) something that people believe brings them luck
meander
(v) to move slowly without a particular direction or purpose in mind
mishap
(n) a minor mistake or accident
mutate
(v) to become physically different from other plants or animals of the same type as a result of a genetic change
odds
(n) the chances of something happening
pick
1. (v) to choose somehone or something from a group 2. (n) choice
pot luck
(n phr) a situation in which you do not know what to expect, but you hope that it will be good
random
(adj) chosen or happening without any particular method, pattern or purpose
sign
(n) a piece of evidence that something is happening or that something exists
speculate
(v) to consider or discuss why something has happened
spontaneous
(adj)happening in a natural way without being planned or thought about
startle
(v) to make a person or animal feel suddenly frightened or suprised by doing something they do not expect
statistics
(n) a group of numbers that represent facts or describe a situatioin
stray
1. (v) to move away from the correct place or path 2. (adj) lost or without a home 3. (n) a pet that is lost or has left its home
superstition
(n) a belief that things such as magic or luck have the power to affect you life
superstitious
(adj) believing in the power of magic or luck
transpire
(v) to happen
uncertainty
(n) the fact that something is not known or has not been decided
wobble
(v) to rock slightly from side to side, or to make something do this
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