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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Chanceadjective

    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.

  2. CHANCEnoun

    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.

  3. To Chanceverb

    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.

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. Sina Reisch:

    We still have hope, the door is still open to a future within the 1.5 degrees C limit, but we will miss this last chance if we don't act immediately. Read More.

  2. Eric Garcetti:

    I wore my mask the entire game. When people ask for a photograph, I hold my breath and I put it here and people can see that, there is a zero percent chance of infection from that.

  3. Andrew Slaughter:

    Production optimization is going to be the next phase of the shale revolution, the low price environment will give companies and operators a chance to take stock of the techniques that work.

  4. Roger Stone:

    Your honor, I can only beseech you to give me a second chance, forgive me the trespass. I'm hurtfully sorry.

  5. Moon Jae-in:

    It has a chance to be a great, great meeting for North Korea and a great meeting for the world.

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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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