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, chance(noun)

    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, hazard(noun)

    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. chance(noun)

    a risk involving danger

    "you take a chance when you let her drive"

  4. probability, chance(noun)

    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, chance(adj)

    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. chance(verb)

    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 chance(verb)

    take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome

    "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"

  9. find, happen, chance, bump, encounter(verb)

    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. chance(Noun)

    An opportunity or possibility.

    We have the chance

    Etymology: From cheance, from cadentia, from cado.

  2. chance(Noun)

    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. chance(Noun)

    The probability of something happening.

    There is a 30% chance of rain tomorrow.

    Etymology: From cheance, from cadentia, from cado.

  4. chance(Verb)

    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. chance(Verb)

    To try or risk.

    Shall we carry the umbrella, or chance it?

    Etymology: From cheance, from cadentia, from cado.

  6. chance(Verb)

    To discover something by chance.

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

    Etymology: From cheance, from cadentia, from cado.

  7. chance(Adjective)

    happening by chance, casual

    Etymology: From cheance, from cadentia, from cado.

  8. Chance(ProperNoun)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chance(noun)

    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. Chance(noun)

    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. Chance(noun)

    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. Chance(noun)

    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. Chance(noun)

    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. Chance(verb)

    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. Chance(verb)

    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. Chance(verb)

    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. Chance(adj)

    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. Chance(adverb)

    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.]

Freebase

  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

How to pronounce chance?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say chance in sign language?

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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. Interior Minister Jan Jambon:

    You can ask how it came about that someone was let out so early and that we missed the chance to seize him when he was in Turkey. I understand the questions, in the circumstances, it was right to take political responsibility.

  2. Caroline Wozniacki:

    It maybe wasn't the prettiest match, but I got through it and I won it, it's always tough the first match of the season, you just want to get going and into the groove. But I'm happy to be through and getting another chance to play out there.

  3. Illustrator Joe Eisma:

    I personally am not a fan of fridging as a plot device, and I wouldn't have agreed to draw a book that had that as a plot element, i just hope folks will give Some Twitter users a chance to tell Some Twitter users story.

  4. Emily Dickinson:

    Luck is not chance, it is toil. Fortune is expensive smile is earned.

  5. Barack Obama:

    Every girl's life matters, every daughter deserves the same chance as our sons. And every woman should be able to go about her day—to walk the street, or ride the bus—and be safe and be treated with the respect and dignity that she deserves.

Images & Illustrations of chance

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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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