Definitions for Chance
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Chance.
a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances
"the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington"; "now is your chance"
luck, fortune, chance, hazardnoun
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"
a risk involving danger
"you take a chance when you let her drive"
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"
the possibility of future success
"his prospects as a writer are excellent"
occurring or appearing or singled out by chance
"seek help from casual passers-by"; "a casual meeting"; "a chance occurrence"
be the case by chance
"I chanced to meet my old friend in the street"
gamble, chance, risk, hazard, take chances, adventure, run a risk, take a chanceverb
take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome
"When you buy these stocks you are gambling"
find, happen, chance, bump, encounterverb
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"
An opportunity or possibility.
We have the chance
Random occurrence; luck.
Why leave it to chance when a few simple steps will secure the desired outcome?
The probability of something happening.
There is a 30% chance of rain tomorrow.
To happen by chance, to occur.
It chanced that I found a solution the very next day.
To try or risk.
Shall we carry the umbrella, or chance it?
To discover something by chance.
He chanced upon a kindly stranger who showed him the way.
happening by chance, casual
A male given name from English, an American pet form of Chauncey, in modern usage also associated with the word chance.
Etymology: From cheance, from cadentia, from cado.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
It is seldom used but in composition. Happening by chance.
Now should they part, malicious tongues would say,
They met like chance companions on the way. John Dryden, Hind and Panther.
I would not take the gift,
Which, like a toy dropt from the hands of fortune,
Lay for the next chance comer. John Dryden, OEdipus.
Etymology: chance, Fr.
As th’ unthought accident is guilty
Of what we wildly do, so we profess
Ourselves to be the slaves of chance, and flies
Of every wind that blows. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.
The only man of all that chance could bring,
To meet my arms, was worth the conquering. Dryden.
Chance is but a mere name, and really nothing in itself; a conception of our minds, and only a compendious way of speaking, whereby we would express, that such effects as are commonly attributed to chance, were verily produced by their true and proper causes, but without their design to produce them. Richard Bentley.
These things are commonly not observed, but left to take their chance. Francis Bacon, Essays.
To say a thing is a chance or casualty, as it relates to second causes, is not profaneness, but a great truth; as signifying no more, than that there are some events besides the knowledge and power of second agents. South.
The beauty I beheld, has struck me dead;
Unknowingly she strikes, and kills by chance;
Poison is in her eyes, and death in ev’ry glance. Dryden.
All nature is but art, unknown to thee;
All chance direction, which thou canst not see. Alexander Pope.
Now we’ll together, and the chance of goodness
Be like our warranted quarrel! William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
You were us’d
To say, extremity was the trier of spirits,
That common chances common men could bear. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.
A chance, but chance may lead, where I may meet
Some wand’ring spirit of heav’n, by fountain side,
Or in thick shade retir’d. Paradise Lost, b. iv. l. 530.
Then your ladyship might have a chance to escape this address. Jonathan Swift.
To happen; to fall out; to fortune.
Etymology: from the noun.
Think what a chance thou chancest on; but think; ————
Thou hast thy mistress still. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.
How chance thou art not with the prince thy brother? William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.
Ay, Casca, tell us what hath chanc’d today,
That Cæsar looks so sad. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.
He chanced upon divers of the Turks victuallers, whom he easily took. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.
I chose the safer sea, and chanc’d to find
A river’s mouth impervious to the wind. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.
a supposed material or psychical agent or mode of activity other than a force, law, or purpose; fortune; fate; -- in this sense often personified
the operation or activity of such agent
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
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
to happen, come, or arrive, without design or expectation
to take the chances of; to venture upon; -- usually with it as object
to befall; to happen to
happening by chance; casual
by chance; perchance
Etymology: [F. chance, OF. cheance, fr. LL. cadentia a allusion to the falling of the dice), fr. L. cadere to fall; akin to Skr. ad to fall, L. cedere to yield, E. cede. Cf. Cadence.]
Chance is an album released in 1980 by Manfred Mann's Earth Band.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
chans, n. that which falls out or happens: an unexpected event: risk: opportunity: possibility of something happening: probability: (pl.) misfortunes.—v.t. to risk.—v.i. to happen.—adj. happening by chance.—adv. perchance.—n. Chance′-com′er, one who comes by chance or unexpectedly.—adjs. Chance′ful (Spens.), full of risk or danger, hazardous; Chanc′y (coll.), lucky, bringing good luck: also risky, uncertain.—By chance, accidentally; Even chance, the probability being equally for or against.—How chance? (Shak.) how does it happen that?—Stand a good chance, to have a reasonable expectation; Take one's chance, to accept what happens: to risk an undertaking; The main chance, the chief object (often used of matrimony): what is most important. [O. Fr. cheance—Low L. cadentia—L. cadĕre, to fall.]
An opportunity or possibility.
There was always a chance that they could get married before the date they set as they so knew they were going to be a partnership for life.Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Chance' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #781
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Chance' in Written Corpus Frequency: #759
Rank popularity for the word 'Chance' in Nouns Frequency: #243
The numerical value of Chance in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of Chance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
For most people, one of the most exciting elements about visiting Yellowstone- and other national parks- is the chance to see wildlife being wild in their natural habitat.
We really felt that the right thing to do was make sure that while COVID-19 is going to affect 2020 for everybody, it shouldn't affect your career, and you shouldn't find yourself back trying to play your way onto a tour when you probably didn't get a chance to play your way on or off a tour in the first place.
Honestly I was just trying to make an aggressive play, looking back on it now, that was my bad. I should have given the hitter behind me a chance to drive in a run.
I think for baby boomers, like myself, who grew up watching the Apollo program on television, and can remember seeing astronauts like Dave Scott walking on the Moon, it is something you never forget, for those of us who now have disposable income, space memorabilia provides a once-in-a-lifetime chance to own a piece that relates to these historic moments.
Our concern is that many people are more afraid of going to an ER than they are of having a stroke. This is a critical error because stroke treatments can be highly effective and the chance of being infected in an ER is minute, it is very important that patients with symptoms of stroke call 911. If the stroke is causing disabling symptoms there's a huge advantage to getting it treated.
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Translations for Chance
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- вероятност, възможност, рискувам, попадам на, случайностBulgarian
- oportunitatCatalan, Valencian
- šance, pravděpodobnost, příležitost, narazit, náhodaCzech
- Zufall, Chance, Wahrscheinlichkeit, Gelegenheit, MöglichkeitGerman
- ευκαιρία, συγκυρία, πιθανότητα, τύχη, ενδεχόμενο, σύμπτωση, περίστασηGreek
- hazardo, ŝancoEsperanto
- chance, oportunidad, probabilidad, posibilidad, azar, suerteSpanish
- فرصت, شانسPersian
- mahdollisuus, todennäköisyys, sattumaFinnish
- chance, risque, raccrocFrench
- faill, seansIrish
- cothromScottish Gaelic
- סיכוי, מקרהHebrew
- अवसर, सम्भावना, मोकाHindi
- eshetőség, véletlen, valószínűség, alkalom, esély, lehetőségHungarian
- դիպված, հնարավորություն, պատահականություն, հավանականությունArmenian
- probabilità, possibilità, opportunità, chanceItalian
- チャンス, 機会Japanese
- 기회, 機會Korean
- accidentia, fors, potestas, probabilitas, opportunitas, possibilitasLatin
- can, peluang, kesempatan, cerlakMalay
- gelegenheid, kans, wagen, mogelijkheid, toevalDutch
- sjanse, sannsynlighet, mulighet, tilfeldigheterNorwegian
- szansa, okazjaPolish
- chance, acaso, probabilidadePortuguese
- întâmplare, ocazie, probabilitate, șansă, risca, șanse, accidentRomanian
- случайность, шанс, вероятность, возможностьRussian
- mogućnost, šansa, шанса, могућностSerbo-Croatian
- slump, chans, råka, chansa, riskera, sannolikhetSwedish
- talih, şansTurkish
- cơ hội, 機會Vietnamese
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