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Dictionary Definition

chance adj : occurring or appearing or singled out by chance; "their accidental meeting led to a renewal of their friendship"; "seek help from casual passers-by"; "a casual meeting"; "a chance occurrence" [syn: accidental, casual, chance(a)]

Noun

1 a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances; "the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington"; "now is your chance" [syn: opportunity]
2 an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another; "bad luck caused his downfall"; "we ran into each other by pure chance" [syn: luck, fortune, hazard]
3 a risk involving danger; "you take a chance when you let her drive"
4 a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; "what is the probability of rain?"; "we have a good chance of winning" [syn: probability]

Verb

1 be the case by chance; "I chanced to meet my old friend in the street"
2 take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome; "When you buy these stocks you are gambling" [syn: gamble, risk, hazard, take chances, adventure, run a risk, take a chance]
3 come upon, as if by accident; meet with; "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" [syn: find, happen, bump, encounter]

User Contributed Dictionary

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English

Pronunciation

  • RP: /tʃɑːns/
  • US: /tʃæns/
  • Rhymes with: -ɑːns

Etymology

From cheance < cadentia < cadentem.

Noun

  1. An opportunity or possibility.
    We have the chance
  2. Random occurrence; luck.
    Why leave it to chance when a few simple steps will secure the desired outcome?
  3. The probability of something happening.
    There is a 30% chance of rain tomorrow.''

Translations

an opportunity or possibility
random occurrence
probability of sthg happening

Verb

  1. To try or risk.
    Shall we carry the umbrella, or chance it?
  2. To discover something by chance.
    He chanced upon a kindly stranger who showed him the way.

Translations

to try or risk
to discover by chance
Translations to be checked

References

  • Webster 1913}}

French

Pronunciation

Extensive Definition

Chance may also refer to:
In people:
In places:
  • Chancé, commune in Brittany, France
In fiction:
chance in German: Chance (Begriffsklärung)
chance in Korean: 찬스 (동음이의)
chance in Ido: Chanco
chance in Dutch: Kans
chance in Japanese: チャンス
chance in Russian: Случай

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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