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Definition of random noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

random

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noun
BrE BrE//ˈrændəm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrændəm//
 
 
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Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘impetuous headlong rush’): from Old French randon ‘great speed’, from randir ‘gallop’.Idioms without deciding in advance what is going to happen, or without any regular pattern She opened the book at random (= not at any particular page) and started reading. The terrorists fired into the crowd at random. Names were chosen at random from a list.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: random