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"


  1. chancenoun

    An opportunity or possibility.

    We have the chance

  2. chancenoun

    Random occurrence; luck.

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

  3. chancenoun

    The probability of something happening.

    There is a 30% chance of rain tomorrow.

  4. chanceverb

    To happen by chance, to occur.

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

  5. chanceverb

    To try or risk.

    Shall we carry the umbrella, or chance it?

  6. chanceverb

    To discover something by chance.

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

  7. chanceadjective

    happening by chance, casual

  8. Chancenoun

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

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

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

  2. Chancenoun

    the operation or activity of such agent

  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

  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

  5. Chancenoun


  6. Chanceverb

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

  7. Chanceverb

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

  8. Chanceverb

    to befall; to happen to

  9. Chanceadjective

    happening by chance; casual

  10. Chanceadverb

    by chance; perchance

  11. 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.]


  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

  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

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  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. Jose Mourinho:

    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.

  2. Lindsey Graham:

    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.

  3. Michael Underhill:

    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.

  4. Linda Hartke:

    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.

  5. John Wolford:

    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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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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    an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something
    • A. odometer
    • B. accident
    • C. disguise
    • D. permutation

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