Definitions for chancetʃæns, tʃɑns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

chancetʃæns, tʃɑns(n.; v.; adj.)chanced, chanc•ing

  1. (n.)the unpredictable and uncontrollable element of an occurrence.

  2. luck or fortune:

    a game of chance.

  3. a possibility or probability of anything happening:

    a fifty-percent chance of success.

  4. an opportunity:

    Now is your chance.

  5. a risk or hazard:

    Take a chance.

  6. a ticket in a lottery or prize drawing.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  7. chances, probability:

    The chances are that the train hasn't left yet.

  8. Archaic. an unfortunate event; mishap.

  9. (v.i.)to happen or occur by chance:

    It chanced that our arrivals coincided.

  10. (v.t.)to take the chances or risks of; risk (often fol. by it):

    I'll have to chance it, whatever the outcome.

  11. chance on or upon, to meet unexpectedly and accidentally.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  12. (adj.)not planned or expected; accidental:

    a chance occurrence.

Idioms for chance:

  1. by chance,unintentionally; accidentally.

    Category: Idiom

  2. on the (off) chance,counting on the (slight) possibility.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of chance:

1250–1300; ME < OF ch(e)ance < VL *cadentia event, happening


Princeton's WordNet

  1. opportunity, chance(noun)

    a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances

    "the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington"; "now is your chance"

  2. luck, fortune, chance, hazard(noun)

    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"

  3. chance(noun)

    a risk involving danger

    "you take a chance when you let her drive"

  4. probability, chance(noun)

    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

    "the probability that an unbiased coin will fall with the head up is 0.5"

  5. prospect, chance(adj)

    the possibility of future success

    "his prospects as a writer are excellent"

  6. casual, chance(a)(verb)

    occurring or appearing or singled out by chance

    "seek help from casual passers-by"; "a casual meeting"; "a chance occurrence"

  7. chance(verb)

    be the case by chance

    "I chanced to meet my old friend in the street"

  8. gamble, chance, risk, hazard, take chances, adventure, run a risk, take a chance(verb)

    take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome

    "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"

  9. find, happen, chance, bump, encounter(verb)

    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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. chance(noun)ʃæns, tʃɑns

    the opportunity to do sth

    a chance for them to talk; I go to the movies whenever I get the chance.; Did you have a chance to read my email?; Give him a chance to prove it.; your last chance to buy one

  2. chanceʃæns, tʃɑns

    the possibility sth could happen; = likelihood

    There's a chance she'll win.; Any chance you could help out?; There's a chance that it'll stop raining later.

  3. chanceʃæns, tʃɑns

    sth is fairly likely

  4. chanceʃæns, tʃɑns

    sth is not very likely but possible

  5. chanceʃæns, tʃɑns

    to not be at all likely

    She doesn't stand a chance of persuading him.

  6. chanceʃæns, tʃɑns

    a situation affected by luck or destiny

    It was pure chance that we met.; Scientists discovered it by chance.

  7. chanceʃæns, tʃɑns

    used to ask politely if sth is possible or correct

    Do you have a spare pen by any chance?

  8. chanceʃæns, tʃɑns

    indicates you think sth is likely

    Chances are he won't come.

  9. chanceʃæns, tʃɑns

    to do sth despite the risk

    He persuaded the company to take a chance on him.

  10. chance(verb)ʃæns, tʃɑns

    to risk doing

    I don't think we should chance driving in the storm.

  11. chanceʃæns, tʃɑns

    ≠ planned

    a chance meeting


  1. chance(Noun)

    An opportunity or possibility.

    We have the chance

  2. chance(Noun)

    Random occurrence; luck.

    Why leave it to chance when a few simple steps will secure the desired outcome?

  3. chance(Noun)

    The probability of something happening.

    There is a 30% chance of rain tomorrow.

  4. chance(Verb)

    To happen by chance, to occur.

    It chanced that I found a solution the very next day.

  5. chance(Verb)

    To try or risk.

    Shall we carry the umbrella, or chance it?

  6. chance(Verb)

    To discover something by chance.

    He chanced upon a kindly stranger who showed him the way.

  7. chance(Adjective)

    happening by chance, casual

  8. Chance(ProperNoun)

    , an American pet form of Chauncey, in modern usage also associated with the word chance.

  9. Origin: From cheance, from cadentia, from cado.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chance(noun)

    a supposed material or psychical agent or mode of activity other than a force, law, or purpose; fortune; fate; -- in this sense often personified

  2. Chance(noun)

    the operation or activity of such agent

  3. Chance(noun)

    the supposed effect of such an agent; something that befalls, as the result of unknown or unconsidered forces; the issue of uncertain conditions; an event not calculated upon; an unexpected occurrence; a happening; accident; fortuity; casualty

  4. Chance(noun)

    a possibility; a likelihood; an opportunity; -- with reference to a doubtful result; as, a chance to escape; a chance for life; the chances are all against him

  5. Chance(noun)


  6. Chance(verb)

    to happen, come, or arrive, without design or expectation

  7. Chance(verb)

    to take the chances of; to venture upon; -- usually with it as object

  8. Chance(verb)

    to befall; to happen to

  9. Chance(adj)

    happening by chance; casual

  10. Chance(adverb)

    by chance; perchance


  1. Chance

    Chance is an album released in 1980 by Manfred Mann's Earth Band.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chance' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #781

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chance' in Written Corpus Frequency: #759

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chance' in Nouns Frequency: #243

Translations for chance

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


luck or fortune

It was by chance that I found out the truth.

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