If something happens at random, it happens without regularity or predictability. It’s almost impossible to plan for a random event; you can only prepare for it.

  • Lightning strikes people at random.
  • If you play the lottery, you can have numbers picked for you at random.
  • The teacher called on students at random and expected them to know the answers to her questions.
  • There have been several random shootings in the United States recently.
  • The supervisor chose employees at random when deciding who would work over the weekend.
  • A number of mindless, random decisions made by the owner of the company lead to its closure.
  • How much RAM is on your computer? RAM stands for random access memory.

lightning striking a tree

Lightning strikes at random.

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January 18, 2014