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.
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
Song lyrics by chance -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by chance on the Lyrics.com website.
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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
We can make six substitutions instead of three, so that gives me the chance to give minutes to people, it also gives me the chance to play some players I know can't play 90 minutes, as they have no condition to play for 90 minutes. It will be a little bit of everything. Of course, we are going to try to win it.
He understands the position he's in, he's probably not going to be the next attorney general, but this is a chance for him to show he can handle responsibility. This enhances his political future if he handles this well. It would be a nightmare for us to truncate the Mueller investigation.
There remains a fair chance that all of Vale's dams (which exceed 100 in count) will also be coming under great scrutiny going forward.
It’s tragic, really, it’s tragic for refugees who’ve fled for their lives, who are simply looking for the chance to be safe and provide for their families and see their kids go to school and live in dignity.
I was extremely excited to have that chance in a big game up in Seattle, i really wanted to play that whole thing and really show what I had to offer. Just bad timing, but you take these things in stride, and I'll be ready for the next opportunity.
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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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