Definition of Chance in English :

Define Chance in English

Chance meaning in English

Meaning of Chance in English

Pronunciation of Chance in English

Chance pronunciation in English

Pronounce Chance in English


see synonyms of chance


1. chance, opportunity

a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances

Example Sentences:
'the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington'
'now is your chance'

2. chance, fortune, hazard, luck

an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another

Example Sentences:
'bad luck caused his downfall'
'we ran into each other by pure chance'

3. chance

a risk involving danger

Example Sentences:
'you take a chance when you let her drive'

4. chance, probability

a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; a number expressing the ratio of favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible

Example Sentences:
'the probability that an unbiased coin will fall with the head up is 0.5'

5. chance, prospect

the possibility of future success

Example Sentences:
'his prospects as a writer are excellent'


6. chance

be the case by chance

Example Sentences:
'I chanced to meet my old friend in the street'

7. adventure, chance, gamble, hazard, risk, run a risk, take a chance, take chances

take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome

Example Sentences:
'When you buy these stocks you are gambling'

8. bump, chance, encounter, find, happen

come upon, as if by accident; meet with

Example Sentences:
'We find this idea in Plato'
'I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here'
'She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day'


9. casual, chance

occurring or appearing or singled out by chance

Example Sentences:
'seek help from casual passers-by'
'a casual meeting'
'a chance occurrence'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of chance
the unknown and unpredictable element that causes an event to result in a certain way rather than another, spoken of as a real force
(as modifier)
a chance meeting
▶ Related adjective: fortuitous
fortune; luck; fate
an opportunity or occasion
a risk; gamble
you take a chance with his driving
the extent to which an event is likely to occur; probability
an unpredicted event, esp a fortunate one
that was quite a chance, finding him here
7. archaic
an unlucky event; mishap
8.  by chance
9.  chances are…
10.  on the chance
11.  the main chance
12. (transitive)
to risk; hazard
I'll chance the worst happening
to happen by chance; be the case by chance
I chanced to catch sight of her as she passed
14.  chance on
15.  chance one's arm

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see synonyms of chance
the happening of events without apparent cause, or the apparent absence of cause or design; fortuity; luck
to leave things to chance
an unpredictable event or accidental happening
a risk or gamble
a ticket in a lottery or raffle
an advantageous or opportune time or occasion; opportunity
you'll have a chance to go
6.  [often pl.]
a possibility or probability
there is little chance of success; what are their chances of winning?
7.  Archaic
a mishap; mischance
8.  US, Baseball
an opportunity to field a ball on which a fielder is credited with a putout or assist, or charged with an error
happening by chance; accidental
a chance encounter
verb intransitiveWord forms: chanced or ˈchancing
to have the fortune, good or bad
I chanced to see them
to happen by chance
verb transitive
to leave to chance; risk
let's chance it

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of chance
a. The unknown and unpredictable element in happenings that seems to have no assignable cause.
b. A force assumed to cause events that cannot be foreseen or controlled; luck: Chance will determine the outcome.
2. often chances The likelihood of something happening; possibility or probability: Chances are good that you will win. Is there any chance of rain?
3. An accidental or unpredictable event: "He sprang to his feet and turned to run. At the same moment by a lucky chance the moon broke through the clouds" (Arthur Conan Doyle).
4. A favorable set of circumstances; an opportunity: a chance to escape.
5. A risk or hazard; a gamble: took a chance that the ice would hold me.
6. Games A raffle or lottery ticket.
7. Baseball An opportunity to make a putout or an assist that counts as an error if unsuccessful.
Caused by or ascribable to chance; unexpected, random, or casual: a chance encounter; a chance result.
tr.v. chanced, chanc·ing, chanc·es
1. To take the risk or hazard of: We thought we could jump over the puddle, but we were not willing to chance it.
2. To have the fortune (to be or do something); happen: "My eye chanced to fall on the wizened houseplant on the windowsill" (Elisabeth Brink).
3. Used with the impersonal subject it and a following clause or infinitive to indicate the occurrence of a usually unexpected or chance event: "Now it chanced that this car-line was owned by gentlemen who were trying to make money" (Upton Sinclair).

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