What does chance mean?

Definitions for chance
tʃæns, tʃɑnschance

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word chance.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. opportunity, chancenoun

    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, 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"

  3. chancenoun

    a risk involving danger

    "you take a chance when you let her drive"

  4. probability, chancenoun

    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, chanceadjective

    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. chanceverb

    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 chanceverb

    take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome

    "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"

  9. 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"

Wiktionary

  1. chancenoun

    An opportunity or possibility.

    We have the chance

    Etymology: From cheance, from cadentia, from cado.

  2. chancenoun

    Random occurrence; luck.

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

    Etymology: From cheance, from cadentia, from cado.

  3. chancenoun

    The probability of something happening.

    There is a 30% chance of rain tomorrow.

    Etymology: From cheance, from cadentia, from cado.

  4. chanceverb

    To happen by chance, to occur.

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

    Etymology: From cheance, from cadentia, from cado.

  5. chanceverb

    To try or risk.

    Shall we carry the umbrella, or chance it?

    Etymology: From cheance, from cadentia, from cado.

  6. chanceverb

    To discover something by chance.

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

    Etymology: From cheance, from cadentia, from cado.

  7. chanceadjective

    happening by chance, casual

    Etymology: From cheance, from cadentia, from cado.

  8. Chancenoun

    A male given name from English, an American pet form of Chauncey, in modern usage also associated with the word chance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chancenoun

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

    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.]

  2. Chancenoun

    the operation or activity of such agent

    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.]

  3. Chancenoun

    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

    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.]

  4. Chancenoun

    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

    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.]

  5. Chancenoun

    probability

    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.]

  6. Chanceverb

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

    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.]

  7. Chanceverb

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

    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.]

  8. Chanceverb

    to befall; to happen to

    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.]

  9. Chanceadjective

    happening by chance; casual

    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.]

  10. Chanceadverb

    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.]

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  1. Chance

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chance

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. chance

    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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British National Corpus

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    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

How to pronounce chance?

  1. Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Indian

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chance in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of chance in a Sentence

  1. Paul Ryan:

    If I really wanted to be president, I would have run in this cycle for the presidency. I had the chance and opportunity to do so and I chose not to do that. I'm perfectly happy and content with this decision.

  2. Umesh Mehta:

    If the government does provide some measures, there is still some chance for (Vodafone Idea) to continue as a going concern. It all depends on what kind of relief measures the company will get.

  3. Vincent Trocheck:

    If we compete like we did in Game 1, we have a chance every night, tonight, they wanted it more.

  4. Yuichiro Nagai:

    There's not much the BOJ can do, so there's a higher chance the government may offer fiscal support if consumption fails to rebound in July-September.

  5. Tareq Sulaiman:

    Because it's a small country they say, 'Why is the World Cup here?' this is the chance for us to show them that Qatar will do something good.

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Translations for chance

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  • فرصةArabic
  • форсатBashkir
  • вероятност, възможност, рискувам, попадам на, случайностBulgarian
  • oportunitatCatalan, Valencian
  • šance, pravděpodobnost, příležitost, narazit, náhodaCzech
  • chanceDanish
  • Zufall, Chance, Wahrscheinlichkeit, Gelegenheit, MöglichkeitGerman
  • ευκαιρία, συγκυρία, πιθανότητα, τύχη, ενδεχόμενο, σύμπτωση, περίστασηGreek
  • hazardo, ŝancoEsperanto
  • chance, oportunidad, probabilidad, posibilidad, azar, suerteSpanish
  • võimalusEstonian
  • zoriBasque
  • فرصت, شانسPersian
  • mahdollisuus, todennäköisyys, sattumaFinnish
  • chance, risque, raccrocFrench
  • faill, seansIrish
  • cothromScottish Gaelic
  • oportunidadeGalician
  • סיכוי, מקרהHebrew
  • अवसर, सम्भावना, मोकाHindi
  • eshetőség, véletlen, valószínűség, alkalom, esély, lehetőségHungarian
  • դիպված, հնարավորություն, պատահականություն, հավանականությունArmenian
  • kesempatanIndonesian
  • probabilità, possibilità, opportunità, chanceItalian
  • チャンス, 機会Japanese
  • 기회, 機會Korean
  • accidentia, fors, potestas, probabilitas, opportunitas, possibilitasLatin
  • tūponoMāori
  • can, peluang, kesempatan, cerlakMalay
  • gelegenheid, kans, wagen, mogelijkheid, toevalDutch
  • sjanse, sannsynlighet, mulighet, tilfeldigheterNorwegian
  • szansa, okazjaPolish
  • chance, acaso, probabilidadePortuguese
  • pussaivladadRomansh
  • întâmplare, ocazie, probabilitate, șansă, risca, șanse, accidentRomanian
  • случайность, шанс, вероятность, возможностьRussian
  • mogućnost, šansa, шанса, могућностSerbo-Croatian
  • priložnostSlovene
  • slump, chans, råka, chansa, riskera, sannolikhetSwedish
  • nafasiSwahili
  • అవకాశముTelugu
  • talih, şansTurkish
  • موقعUrdu
  • cơ hội, 機會Vietnamese
  • mögodVolapük
  • 机会Chinese

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